Letter to the Editor

City's decision is not correct

Sunday, June 27, 2010

To the Editor:

Bloomington, your decision to boycott Arizona has really dealt a blow to the Arizona economy.

Has anyone on your city council bothered to read the Arizona Immigration Law? All it does is mirror the law that has been on the federal books for years, but not enforced.

How many Arizonians must die at the hands of illegal immigrants that flood over the border from Mexico before we say enough is enough?

Do you know what happens to you in Mexico if you cannot show a passport when approached by the police? You are immediately arrested, jailed and eventually deported back to your home country.

This is after they have relieved you of your money and valuables, not to mention your self-respect.

When now President Obama was running for office, his wife, Michelle, made the statement that his election was the proudest moment of her life as an American. One of the saddest moments of my life occurred Thursday, May 20, 2010, when members of the White House Staff, including Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security Chief Janet Napolitano, and the entire group of elected Democrats (include Vice President Joe Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid) gave Mexican President Felipe Calderon a standing ovation when he ripped Arizona's new law clamping down on illegal immigration. What are they thinking?

Are they thinking that if you cut off the flow of illegal immigrants from Mexico, they will lose a vital part of their voting base?

Why else would Democrats fight so hard to remove the requirement that we show identification when we vote? Do you have to show identification when you go to the airport, cash a check, apply for a loan, go to the hospital, or when you are stopped by the police?

President Obama made the ridiculous statement, "What if you are taking your kids for ice cream and you are stopped by the police and they demand to see your papers, and the next thing you know, you are going to jail?"

Maybe if you decided to blow through a stoplight, or you are speeding, you might get on the wrong side of the law. But if I am driving in our country, I am required to carry my operator's permit and produce it if requested by the police. If anyone had bothered to read the law, they would know that Arizona built protection from profiling into their state law. Will racial profiling happen? It will surely be alleged.

Are police officials human just like the rest of us? Of course.

Will the enactment of this law help stem the tide of illegal immigrants? I sure hope so.

So Bloomington, have your boycott. I am sure the ultra liberal community at Indiana University is so very proud of you at this moment for taking a stand for what is "right," no matter how misguided you may be.

A.D. Vester,