I try not to talk about political issues. I have my opinions on them, but I don't like how riled up some people get when they're discussed. As such, I generally won't make commentary on stupid things liberals do, stupid things conservatives do, stupid (or smart) things the president does, gay marriage, abortion, etc. You believe what you want to believe, and I'll do the same.
The immigration law in Arizona is something I feel the need to make brief commentary on, and it's all because of a facebook group.
I know a lot of gay people. The college I went to had a large amount of them so, as a result, I am acquainted with quite a few. I was cruising around facebook (as you do), and I came to the profile of this one guy I know who had joined a facebook group called something like 1 Million Strong AGAINST the Arizona Immigration Law. Or something.
I clicked on it, and noticed that a lot of people I know are a member of said group, and most of those people are gay. I started wondering if it was a political issue. Political, meaning, Republican vs. Democrat. I know that most of the gay people I know are staunch liberals, so I had to assume that liberal people are the ones against this law.
(I don't really watch the news, so I legitimately only know what I hear on the radio/what catches my attention on news blogs/what I hear in passing/etc. I don't necessarily consider myself uninformed, but nothing these days is good news.)
But that wasn't what REALLY caught my attention. What did that was part of the group's description:
The new law makes it a crime under state law to be in the country illegally. Immigrants unable to produce documents showing they are allowed to be in the U.S. could be arrested, jailed for up to six months and fined $2,500. Other provisions allow lawsuits against government agencies that hinder enforcement of immigration laws, and make it illegal to hire undocumented workers for day labor or knowingly transport them.
Apparently, this is a problem for these group members.
But wait. Wait, wait, wait. What is this?
The new law makes it a crime under state law to be in the country illegally.
Hold the phone. What? These people have a problem with the fact that the law says it's illegal to be in the U.S.. . .illegally? What I'm getting from this is that the members of this group feel like the new law is punishing people doing something illegal. . .and this is a bad thing.
If we take this stance with all our laws, this is what I forsee happening:
Murderer: Why are you arresting me? This isn't fair.
Cop: You broke the law. You killed that guy, and killing is against the law. It's illegal.
Murderer: But. . .I WANTED to kill him. I wanted to do it, so I did it. This isn't fair!
Cop: You have a valid point. . .OK, you can go.
That's what's going on here.
I am judging the people, all the people who joined the facebook group, because this is just stupid. Everyone in that group is saying, "We are mad that the law is saying it's illegal to be here illegally!"
I, personally, feel like the law isn't perfect, but at least it's a step in the right direction. I'm not going to get on my Illegal Immigrant Soapbox right now, but I have one, and I think they should all, every single person here illegally, should be shipped back to where they came from. I don't care if you're Hispanic, Asian, African, Scandinavian. . .whatever. If you're not supposed to be here, you need to go home.
And for those people who are on the other side of the fence about this. . .I could at least respect your difference of opinion if you knew what the hell you were talking about. But telling me that you're opposed to people being here illegally being illegal just makes me think you're either:
A) Jumping on a bandwagon you know nothing about, because you think it makes you look cool/that's what all your friends are doing/that's what your political party believes, so that's what you're "supposed" to say;
B) Horribly uneducated on what "illegal" means;
I'd be more than willing to have a conversation with someone who disagreed with me if they had intelligent, valid points to make about why they believed what they believe. I have been known to change my mind about things, and I'm always open to conversations with people whose intent is to MAKE me change my mind (if they do it logically and aren't just plain dumb about it.)
But this one kind of takes the cake.