Speaking at a naturalization ceremony for 24 active-duty service members in the Rose Garden, Mr. Obama called for a federal overhaul of immigration laws — an overhaul that Congressional leaders signaled they were preparing to take up soon.
He said the failure of officials in Washington to act on immigration would open the door to “irresponsibility by others.” He said the Arizona bill threatened “to undermine basic notions of fairness that we cherish as Americans, as well as the trust between police and our communities that is so crucial to keeping us safe.”
The law, which opponents and critics alike said was the broadest and strictest immigration measure in the country in generations, would make the failure to carry immigration documents a crime. It would also give the police broad power to detain anyone suspected of being in the country illegally. Opponents have decried it as an open invitation for harassment and discrimination against Hispanics regardless of their citizenship status.
Internal passports has long been a policy used by the tsarist and Soviet regimes in Russia, and symbolic of those tyrannies. This evil law is a wake-up call for all those who think freedom for the American-born only is a feasible policy.
My recommendation to anyone who has a bit of extra time and wants to stand up for freedom. Go to Arizona. Don't carry any papers. Try to provoke the cops into arresting you. Do it now, before people get used to American tsarism.