I try and face most issues objectively. But not this one. I am pro-immigrant. My mom is an immigrant (from Germany) and my father's parents were immigrants (Greeks from the Ottoman Empire on an Italian passport from what is now Albania).
New York was founded on illegal immigrants (hell, America was founded on illegal immigrants). Nativist bastards hated your immigrant ancestors, too. Especially if you are Irish. Don't forget that. And no, the immigrants of today are not so different from your parents, grandparents, or great grandparents. They were good people, most of them. And you turned out OK. And the difference between legal and illegal is just a matter of law. I'm for amnesty. Does that mean open borders? No. But we could be more open.
I do think native-born manual workers have a legitimate gripe. Nothing is clear cut. And I think there is a legitimate argument about immigrants in border states being a burden on local schools and hospitals. But no, I don't think we have an immigrant "problem." We need more immigration, not less.
If an immigrant, legal or illegal, commits a serious crime, I'm all for deportation. That's a luxury we have. But perhaps what bothers me most about anti-immigrant sentiment is the idea that immigrants are a crime threat. Immigrants commit less crime than native-born Americans. Many people don't know that. Some people are just so filled with racism and hate that they refuse to believe it. Shame on you.
About 10 percent of my students have two American-born parents (I ask). I assume some if not many are illegal (I don't ask). I live in a city where 40 percent of people are foreign born. 40 percent! And that's not even counting their children. That's what makes New York great. That's why I live in Queens, which is majority immigrant.
Maybe I'm biased growing up in Chicago and now living in New York. And neighborhoods with immigrants (legal and illegal) can be a bit seedy and poor, but they're generally interesting, safe, and have great food.
Messed-up cities and states, usually without too many immigrants, tend to be the most anti-immigrant. But for messed-up areas (and yes Baltimore, I'm thinking of you) immigrants are the solution, not the problem. Part of the reason they're messed up is because there are no immigrants!
And living in New York, a pro-immigrant policy is a security issue. Crime gets solved and terrorism gets prevented because people talk to police (and rat out the criminals). If police enforce immigration laws, immigrants get pushed underground. Nobody snitches. Crime goes up. New York gets bombed.
I hate to say it, but I imagine your average Arizona cop loves this new law. If you're filled with hate for immigrants, it's a gift. But even if you've got nothing against illegals per se, it's a tool.
For now I'm happy to just say, "f*ck Arizona." If Arizona doesn't want illegal Mexicans? Let Arizona stagnate. I hope all the Mexicans there pack up and move to my neighborhood. But if the anti-immigrant spirit spreads, I'll get more passionate. Rounding up people for not having their papers in orders in most definitely not American.