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Law, culture, and Catholicism...up in smoke!

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Bishops and the Arizona Immigration Law

U.S. Bishops are denouncing the new Arizona immigration law: Bishop John C. Wester of Salt Lake City, chairman of the USCCB's committee on Migration, Archbishop of New York Timothy Dolan, Arizona's three bishops Wall, Olmsted, and Kicanas, and of course, Los Angeles's Cardinal Mahony.

I'm disappointed in the bishops and I'm getting really bothered by the tone of opposition to the Arizona bill. I get the impression that the opposition has not read the bill and doesn't understand it. I think it is demagogic of the opposition to make ridiculous comparisons to Nazi Germany. I think I'm bothered because I have heard so few reasonable arguments coming from those opposed to the Arizona law. It's offensive to require immigrants to carry ID? Federal immigration law already requires this. It's illegal or dangerous for the police to have the ability to stop you on "reasonable suspicion"? Police already have the ability to stop you on reasonable suspicion. It's like Nazi Germany to have police ask for papers when they stop you? I don't hear the Nazi comparison when I have to show my drivers' license when I'm pulled over for speeding.

Here is a good response to objections to the Arizona law. I find it disappointing that the bishops, and all of the critics of the Arizona law, seems to be so irresponsible and unmeasured in their opposition.

Am I wrong? What is your position on the Arizona immigration law? What do you think about the stand of these bishops?

UPDATE: Another question I have for the bishops and for those opposed to the Arizona law: What is their position on immigration in general? Are they opposed to all immigration regulations? I'd have more respect for the Arizona law opponents if they had the intellectual honesty to either admit that they oppose all immigration regulations whatsoever or to admit (if they are unwilling to say that all immigration regulations should be scrapped) that they haven't offered an alternative method for handling the immigration issue.