Don’t demonize Arizona

April 30, 2010

There is national agreement that the United States has a serious problem with illegal immigration.

There is also national agreement that "something" should be done about it.

Why, then, instead of the Obama administration, immigrant-advocacy groups and Congress trying to demonize Arizona for its new illegal-immigration law, don't they press for serious enforcement of existing federal laws on the subject and present a viable means by which eligible illegal aliens can achieve legal status and/or U.S. citizenship?

Federal statutes exist to deal with the illegal immigration problem but there has been an abject failure by federal authorities to enforce them seriously.

Don't blame Arizona for trying to deal with a serious problem in their own front yard while Washington pointedly does nothing to help. Other border states should enact similar laws to step up the pressure on Washington.

Instead of traveling to Phoenix to run his mouth, Al Sharpton — among many others — should stand on the steps of the U.S. Capitol to demand that Congress and the White House do the "something" that needs to be done instead of playing politics and attacking Arizona.

Robert A. Erlandson, Towson

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