Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame, With conquering limbs astride from land to land; Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame. "Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!" EMMA LAZARUS; FAMOUS POEM :"THE NEW COLOSSUS" I dare say there are many Americans today who's relatives long ago heard those words and came to this nation and are now part of the very fabric that makes this nation truley great. They stood in line and waited their turn to live the Ameircan dream so that one day their family could realize a life free to explore the bounds where their mind would take them. Many of those same immigrants helped craft the very laws we all live under today, they brought with them a sense of pride in their heritage and yet determined to become part of the American story and obey it's laws. This issue here in my state is not one of race no matter how much many would like it to be to promote hatred and divide us. The simple fact is that Arizona borders Mexico and the vast majority of those that enter this nation illegally are from that nation and from nations to the South of Mexico. No this issue is a moral one, and one that say's are we a nation of laws, a nation where the laws of the land are applied equally to it's citizens or are we a nation that is afraid to apply them because of a few who fear some word placed upon them for doing so. Think for a moment, what kind of message we send to ALL OF THOSE people, black, brown, white, doesn't matter who took the time to obey the laws of the land to come here to live that dream and did the hard work necessary to become citizens of this great nation if we simply just look the other way and allow people to enter our nation without enforcing the law. If this anger were real it would have been directed at the very laws that this bill intends to enforce and those are the same FEDERAL LAWS that have been in place for years and not an Arizona legislative bill who's sole purpose is to actually do what the Federal Govt. has chosen not to do. Think for a moment, if you will, in not enforcing the laws the Federal Govt. has allowed illegal immigration to become an institution in this nation , so much so that when that institution becomes threatened in anyway, people lash out ( Bill Mahr or whatever his name is for instance). In the ingorance of their duty to uphold the law the Federal Govt. has allowed licensed slavery to become the norm in this nation, where a person can come to this nation under the pretense of wanting to build a better life for themselves and yet do not even earn minimum wage and are allowed to be used as human cargo by the very people who sumggle them in to this nation for profit. That is what people support when they call out laws that simply mean to enforce existing Federal Law. Which I might add has years of legal backing to support State, Local , and County authorities doing just what the Arizona Law supposes to do. If you have passion for the people that wish to come here and work then direct your attention to Federal Law itself not the Law Officer that enforces it. It's a sad day when Americans have become such that we choose selectivly choose what laws apply to who and when. So when you start to toss around the R word , think of the number of Americans that have died as a result of people that had we just taken them time to enforce out own laws, would be here today, Mothers, Sons, Daughters, and Fathers, and yes Americans of all races and creeds. Any alien who (1) enters or attempts to enter the United States at any time or place other than as designated by immigration officers, or (2) eludes examination or inspection by immigration officers, or (3) attempts to enter or obtains entry to the United States by a willfully false or misleading representation or the willful concealment of a material fact, shall, for the first commission of any such offense, be fined under title 18 or imprisoned not more than 6 months, or both, and, for a subsequent commission of any such offense, be fined under title 18, or imprisoned not more than 2 years, or both. 8 U.S.C. § 1325 : US Code - Section 1325: Improper entry by alien So as I see it those opposed to SB-1070 are basically saying that the United States should have no borders at all? and those here illegally even if they are gang members (MS-13), drug dealers, rapists, terrorists, or even the poor migrant worker, doesn't matter because its a law that you as an opponent are oppsed too?