Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signs immigration law 124 years after great-grandmother’s journey
That was the headline that met my eyes from the NYDailyNews.com Web site. I hesitate to call this journalism because it is not. It is a hit piece meant to discredit the popular Arizona immigration legislation that was just passed.
Note that this law does not say “All police may now seek out anyone of apparent hispanic origin and beat them with billy clubs.”
All it says is that police may now enforce the law that for years they were told by special interest groups, such as the ACLU, that they could not enforce. It’s actually a little ridiculous, if you think about it, that Arizona’s legislature felt it necessary to pass a law that gives permission to its police officers to enforce the law. They already had that authority. This just codifies it by the Department of Redundancy Department rules.
I have my own beef with people who object to this law.
My grandmother, who lived in southern Arizona, not far from the border, was subjected to needless suffering for 8 hours in an ER because of our previous inability to enforce immigration law. She had fallen and fractured her pelvis and sought treatment at a hospital in Tucson. However, when she arrived she was told to wait patiently while dozens of illegal immigrants, some of them injured while crossing the border illegally, received treatment ahead of her.
Let me say that again. She waited 8 hours for treatment, all while battling shock, as she sat in an uncomfortable waiting room chair at the ER. For anyone reading this who doesn’t know what ER means, let me spell it out for you. It means “Emergency Room“. As in “this can’t wait for eight hours“.
Bleeding-heart liberals with false empathy might posit, “Well, it was only a broken pelvis. It may have been painful, but it’s not like she was bleeding out an artery or anything.” Or, as Barack Obama might have put it, she should have just “taken a pill”.
Actually, at the time she waited for treatment nobody knew the extent of her injuries. Severely broken pelvic bones can bleed excessively internally which can lead to death.
Severe injuries to the pelvis that involve several breaks can be life threatening. Shock, extensive internal bleeding and internal organs damage may be involved. The immediate goal is to control bleeding and stabilize the injured person’s condition. These injuries often require extensive surgery as well as lengthy physical therapy and rehabilitation.
How could such a thing happen? Illegal immigrants, until now (hopefully), were granted a sort of special status in Arizona emergency rooms. You see, hospitals running razor thin margins, or operating at a loss (which is usually the case in Arizona) because of having to treat people who come in for sniffles and can’t/won’t pay, are strong-armed by litigation brought down on them by ACLU types if they attempt to triage according to legal status. In other words, “no tickie, no treatment”…unless you’re illegally in the country…then, everything is free and immediate. By order of the ACLU.
Grandma never recovered from the physical and mental trauma of her injuries. She died less than a year later.
Reading further in the NYDailyNews article:
One hundred and eighteen years after her great-grandmother arrived in America, Brewer stood in the shadow of the Statue of Liberty, next in line for governor.
And it must have meant nothing at all.
For now that she is governor, Brewer has signed an immigration bill that spits in Lady Liberty’s face.
What is the point of trying to draw a parallel between the legal immigration of the Arizona governor’s ancestor and the illegal immigration of hundreds of thousands of people who cross our porous Southern border each year? Oh, it must be to follow Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals #5: “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It is almost impossible to counteract ridicule. Also it infuriates the opposition, which then reacts to your advantage.”
It looks as if rule #8 is also being applied, which states:
Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it. In conflict tactics there are certain rules that [should be regarded] as universalities. One is that the opposition must be singled out as the target and ‘frozen.’…
“…any target can always say, ‘Why do you center on me when there are others to blame as well?’ When your ‘freeze the target,’ you disregard these [rational but distracting] arguments…. Then, as you zero in and freeze your target and carry out your attack, all the ‘others’ come out of the woodwork very soon. They become visible by their support of the target…’
“One acts decisively only in the conviction that all the angels are on one side and all the devils on the other.”