With the passage of the Arizona immigration law, a wide range of protests occurred all over the country. Cities such as San Francisco and, most recently, Los Angeles have approved boycotts of Arizona. There have been calls for MLB to pull next season's All-Star game out of Arizona.
Calls of racial profiling, fear mongering, etc. have been sounded far and wide. The president even said that Dad will be deported just for taking his kid out for ice cream.
I won't bother to go into detail of how most of these people didn't even bother to read the bill, because I have a simpler point to make. These illegal immigrants are criminals. They are in violation of U.S. immigration law. There is no debate. This is what Arizona is wanting from the federal government to do-- ENFORCE the law.
However, I think there is a deeper issue. How can so many people be willing to protest on behalf of blantant criminals? What message are we sending? Laws will only be enforced if convenient or politically expedient. Otherwise, we will allow anyone to come to this country and receive-- free education, free health care, free housing, etc.
It gets worse. Not only do ILLEGAL immigrants get handouts, they get it in their own language. If they don't; then we are all racists and culturally insensitive. We have been indoctrinated to "respect their culture." At the California high school, students were sent home because they wore shirts with American flags on it on May 5th (Cinco de Mayo). They wore shirts--nothing else. The school's rationale was the students were disrepectful to the Mexican culture and would intentionally cause a disruption.
What does it mean to be American? The students were showing pride in America and have been chastised for it. Where is the cultural sensitivity to those who have the unmitigated nerve to call themselves "American"? It used to be that when you immigrate to another country that you would assimilate into that coutry's culture.
A co-worker of mine lived in Germany for more than ten years. She learned to speak German, how to interact with Germans, how to conduct business, get and hold a job according to German cultural standards. Why didn't Germany make a point to provide her with all of the comforts of home and to do it in English to boot? The answer is simple. She was living in a German culture.
Why isn't the same expected of immigrants to this country? Because it would be dispectful! If they do not want to be American; then they need to stay where they are. I am an American and this is America.