During the week that is almost over, we have seen several items of significance take place. Among them is the announcement of a lawsuit against Arizona’s new immigration law, SB1070. I have yet to write about the lawsuit, as I have been very busy with other things, but you can read about it at USA Watchmen and America’s Watchtower. The one thing that I find more troubling than anything is how the federal government seems more interested in stopping SB1070 from becoming law in Arizona than it is in stopping illegal immigration itself.
When it the Obama administration first threatened to file it’s lawsuit in May, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer announced the creation of a legal defense fund. The money donated to this fund would be used to help pay the legal fees incurred by the state, in it’s defense of SB1070. Donations quickly started coming in, but when the lawsuit was officially announced, those donations jumped to over $500,000 and are still climbing.
Let’s look at some of the analysis of these funds and where they are coming from. From The Associated Press, via The Digital Journal:
The Associated Press was allowed to analyze documents concerning the state’s fundraising, and it found that most people were donating $100 or less to the fund. The state had set up a website, which statistics are showing 88 percent of money donated there came after the Justice Department filed their lawsuit. The website also boasts donations from all 50 states, including Washington DC and Puerto Rico.
The Associated Press went a head and contacted some of the donors to find out why they chose to donate and most said it was because the federal government should be doing more to help the people.
I know a lot of people do not like the new Arizona law. They think the state is overstepping their purview and there may be some legitimate concerns that will have to be addressed. However, there are also many of us who are simply tired of the way the federal government, both Republican and Democratic administrations and Congresses, have completely and totally failed in this regard. For the most part, it seems that they haven’t even been trying, thus the support for such a movement as we are seeing in Arizona.
Because of the lack of progress on this issue, other states, such as South Carolina, Utah, and my home state of Oklahoma, are taking up legislation similar to SB1070. The support for this is growing and it is not something to be taken lightly. That is why the donations continue to pour into Arizona’s legal defense fund. All they want is for the problem to be fixed and they are working towards that goal.
If you would like to donate to the fund, please visit Keep AZ Safe and follow the instructions to donate.