Back Off, Stewart: Arizona Needs That Law

Abandoned by feds, state did what it had to do
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 30, 2010 11:12 AM CDT
Back Off, Stewart: Arizona Needs That Law
In this April 23, 2010 file photo, supporters of immigration bill SB1070 shout as they rally at the Arizona Capitol prior to Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signing it.   (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

(Newser) – Stop abusing Arizona, David Frum writes—the state Jon Stewart called the "meth lab" of democracy has a real problem that the federal government isn't doing a damn thing about. With the Mexican border at San Diego effectively fenced, illegal immigration and drug trafficking have shifted into Arizona, he writes. “Imagine yourself a landowner in southern Arizona,” the ex-Bush speechwriter says on his blog. “Every morning you wake up to a hillock of garbage: plastic bottles, food remains, human urine and feces.” Last month a rancher was murdered on his own property, “likely by a marijuana-smuggling illegal immigrant.”

The effect has reached cities, too, Frum adds: "Illegals crowd hospital emergency rooms, crash uninsured cars, and transform overbuilt neighborhoods into rooming house slums."
The law isn't crazy: The goal is to make border-hopping less attractive—and to “prod a reluctant federal immigration service into action.” Congress still hasn't built the fence it promised 2 years ago, and Washington keeps talking about amnesty—“sorry: 'pathway to citizenship.'” Arizona's on its own, he says, and doing its best. (Read more David Frum stories.)

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