The immigration poll this week shows that Arizona is ready for a moderate solution that is both cost effective and beneficial. This is in stark contrast to the often hyped solution of a giant fence and raids on day laborers.
Any approach to immigration should be two-fold. First, stem the current tide flowing into Arizona. That includes illegals but also drug traffickers and gang/cartel members.
Use of the National Guard to patrol the border while calling on the president to rotate active duty units to secure the border. It’s excellent training for deployments in which we have to secure border regions, i.e.
Afghanistan-Pakistan, Iraq-Syria, Iraq-Iran. I speak from experience as a West Point infantry officer with two tours in Iraq.
Second, we must address the 400,000 illegals who are here.
Blanket amnesty is not the way to go. This only encourages more illegals to come and makes us appear weak to our enemies. America is a nation of immigrants and should continue to open our borders to those who agree to obey our laws and add to our culture. A path to citizenship, dictated by the legislature, will add to our state coffers through both the fines and the now taxed income of the new citizens. Simultaneously, it will reduce spending on immigration raids and focus that money and manpower on crimes such as gang activity, homicide, narcotics, and so forth.
The poll may not be definitive but it signals a step in the right direction for Arizona.