Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Los Suns Están Muertos Para Mí

The Phoenix Suns wear their Los Suns jerseys on occasion, mainly as a marketing gimmick. I guess they think more Hispanics will like them because of these jerseys (or at least buy them). Today's antics went from gimmick to political statement.

It is reasonable for private businesses to make a call on how much Hispanic culture and Spanish language to include in their product offering. However, they walk the fine line between gaining new fans and ostracizing the regulars; but it is their call.

Suns owner Robert Sarver went out of his way today to knock Arizona's new immigration enforcement law (Senate Bill 1070). When a league or franchise decides to get political and that political message goes against my political stance, then I respond with my wallet. Hence, for this time moving forward, I will no longer watch the Suns, attend their games, or buy their gear. Los Suns están muertos para mí.

We have an illegal immigration problem. The problem is Hispanic in nature.

-- Billions each year are spent on welfare to illegal immigrants each year by state governments.
-- Billions each year are spent on food assistance programs for illegal immigrants.
-- Billions each year are spent on Medicaid for illegal immigrants.
-- Billions each year are spent on primary and secondary school education for children here illegally; many cannot speak English.
-- Billions each year are spent on the education of American-born children of illegal immigrants (anchor babies).
-- Billions each year are spent to incarcerate illegal immigrants; 30% of all federal prison inmates are illegal immigrants.
-- Billions each year are suppressed in American wages because of illegal immigrants.
-- Illegal immigrants have a crime rate that's 2.5x that of legal immigrants.
-- Illegal immigrants send home tens of billions annually in remittances to their countries of origin.

Do those new-found Arizona-haters think that the police are going to spend all of their working hours trying to find and turn over to the feds those here illegally? They do not have time nor the resources to do this. The response to this bill is misguided. Probable cause is the rule, not Gestapo procedures as most are thinking.

As a nation, we welcome legal immigrants from all over the world. But when it comes to illegal immigrants, turning a blind eye, as the federal government has done for years, is not the answer, rather the problem.

If you want to boycott Arizona because you think we are prejudice, so be it. But we live here and we are on the front lines in the border war. It is doubtful that this law will make much of a dent. However it does reemphasize that states rights trump federal rights in almost every case.

No comments: