For starters, I heard that Cuba thinks we're all a bunch of racist haters here in AZ because of 1070. I'm crushed, I tell ya. I don't know which makes me sadder, them or Berkeley. /sarc
Secondly, play along with me for a second if you will:
One of the things I hear most from opponents of Arizona's Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act (aka 1070 because SOLESNW is a very difficult-to-pronounce acronym without someone thinking you sneezed) is that we need "comprehensive immigration reform." From everything I've read, they usually want a "path to citizenship" for people here illegally as part of said reform.
Let's say there is a comprehensive immigration reform plan enacted. Let's say it involves those people who came here illegally paying back taxes and a fine, going to the back of the line for citizenship, learning English, and passing a background check.
Let's not even get into debating the merits of comprehensive immigration reform. Let's just pretend that it's passed and in process for the sake of argument.
My guess is that there will be some people who don't have the money and there will also be some people who can't pass a background check.
Does anyone really think that the federal government is going to suddenly get the urge to enforce the laws on the books and deal with the people who chose not to go for the amnesty plan for whatever reason?
I think the biggest reason 71% of likely voters in Arizona support 1070 is because of the erosion of trust in Washington. The federal government has similar laws but they don't enforce them. They complain about our law, but they haven't read it. They act like we're morons (or racist haters) for wanting people to be held accountable for their actions, but they rarely are held accountable for their own. Washington is so out of touch with the average American that some of us can't trust them to do the job we hired (elected) them to do.
So now we're going to do it ourselves.
Official State Bird of Arizona graphic compliments of Exurban League. (Is that on a t-shirt yet?)