Monday, June 28, 2010
The Arizona immigration law that was recently passed will likely end in a Supreme Court battle that will seek to specify whether or not states have the right to make it illegal for illegal immigrants to be present in their jurisdiction.
In Arizona, the law would require law enforcement to inquire about immigrant status if an individual suspected of being an illegal immigrant was involved in some other form of legal issue. It prohibits racial profiling, although many say that that is exactly what will happen.
Although these laws are controversial, it's the absence of concrete federal mandates on immigration that make them necessary. Immigration is a hot topic in the world of politics, and the rights of those who entered our borders illegally is a polarizing issue.
So what should it be? Should it be illegal to service illegal immigrants, or should it be illegal to refuse to service them? Where do the rights lie?
Of course, there are two ways of looking at the situation and issue. On one hand, there should be some avenue for people to become legal residents. On the other hand, we shouldn't act cruel towards others because of whatever circumstance they are in.