Arizona Republic denounces most Arizona politicians over immigration law and proposes a “pipeline” for Immigrants to enter the United States.
The Arizona Republic, the largest paper media distributor in Arizona has placed an editorial on the papers front page and verbally spanked the politicians in Arizona.
The two politician’s who bore the worst wrath of the newspaper were Sheriff Joe Arpaio and candidate for senator J.D Hayworth. They are the only two politicians who advocate the strict enforcement of immigration laws.
It’s not clear just what the Arizona Republic wants these politicians to do but says that Federal Immigration reform is needed. The Arizona Republic recommends the following reforms.
- “Despite the turmoil and passion surrounding this issue, there is a broad consensus that immigration is a federal responsibility and it demands federal action. State laws cannot fix it.
- Reform must secure the border so that the people entering this country are doing so legally and we know who they are. It (reform) must eliminate the access to jobs that migrants are willing to risk their lives to reach. It must include an efficient system to verify worker eligibility and tough sanctions for employers who hire the undocumented.
- It must provide a path to legalization that has to be earned by the current undocumented population. If they choose not to earn it, they choose not to be citizens and live in this country.
- Reform must create a legal pipeline for future workers that is demand-based and temporary. With a legal framework in place, there will be no reason to be in this country without permission. Foreigners who break our laws will be prosecuted, punished and deported.”
In closing the Republic editorial says, “Comprehensive reform will make the border safer. When migrant labor is channeled through the legal ports of entry, the Border Patrol can focus on catching drug smugglers and other criminals instead of chasing busboys across the desert.”
The Arizona Republic touted their demands for immigration reform since 2002 but failed to mention that they supported Senator John McCain in the 2008 presidential race knowing that McCain’s view of the immigration issue was similar to that of Barack Obama.
On October 28th, 2008 the Republic endorsed McCain stating:
“Nobody in the country knows the Republican presidential candidate better than we do. And no one is better placed to judge whether he would serve honorably and admirably as president of the United States
John McCain joins hands with Barack Obama and other Democrats on numerous important issues. They are scarcely apart in their personal judgments about how to resolve illegal immigration.
John McCain joins hands with Barack Obama and other Democrats on numerous important issues. They are scarcely apart in their personal judgments about how to resolve illegal immigration..
They speak virtually in one voice regarding the environment and the dangers of global warming. But McCain’s support for a wide array of energy sources, including expanding domestic-oil production and building nuclear-power plants, is considerably more credible than Obama’s.
McCain speaks with a voice of credible authority.
It is not as mellifluous a voice as Obama’s. But it is a voice we in Arizona know well. It is one we trust.
The Republic recommends John McCain for president of the United States.”