Council To Discuss Immigration Tonight

By Elisha Dorfsmith

Tonight the Flagstaff City Council will consider a resolution supporting the Arizona Accord, a set of five principles to guide immigration discussion modeled after the Utah Compact.

The five principles are as follows:

FEDERAL SOLUTIONS Immigration is a federal policy issue between the U.S. government & other countries, not Arizona and other countries. We urge Arizona’s congressional delegation, and others, to lead efforts to strengthen federal laws and protect our national borders. We urge state leaders to adopt reasonable policies addressing immigrants in Arizona.

LAW ENFORCEMENT We respect the rule of law & support law enforcement’s professional judgment and discretion. Local law enforcement resources should focus on criminal activities, not civil violations of federal code.

FAMILIES Strong families are the foundation of successful communities. We oppose policies that would unnecessarily separate families. We champion policies that support families and improve the health, education and well-being of all Arizona children.

ECONOMY Arizona is best served by a free-market philosophy that maximizes individual freedom and opportunity. We acknowledge the economic role immigrants play as workers and taxpayers. Arizona’s immigration policies must reaffirm our global reputation as a welcoming and business-friendly state.

A FREE SOCIETY Immigrants are integrated into communities across Arizona. We must adopt a humane approach to this reality, reflecting our unique culture, history & spirit of inclusion. The way we treat immigrants will say more about us as a free society and less about our immigrant neighbors. Arizona should always be a place that welcomes people of goodwill.

I have been reading through some of the discussion about the Arizona Accord on Facebook today and I am seeing mixed reactions.

On one hand, people support the idea of local police focusing on issues more important and pressing than immigration.

On the other hand, people think it’s ironic that Flagstaff is saying the state should stay out of Federal business while at the same time the City is getting involved in State and Federal business by considering this resolution.

Here are some interesting thoughts from Judge Andrew P. Napolitano on freedom and immigration:

What are your feelings? Please post in the comments section below.

  1. Slim
    May 28, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    Fluffy cotton candy for the kiddies.
    Calling out all bull:

    “Law Enforcement” section says “respect” not “comply”. It also mislabels criminal activity as civil for excuse to not comply… So, how much respect is that?

    “Families” section says that “policies … unnecessarily separate families. Only the parent’s policies are able to do that… So, they plan to dictate parents choices?

    “Economy” section dares use the words “free-market”.. Well, kudos for speaking it, but there IS no free labor exchange market with other countries. Mexico in particular, will have local cops lock your butt down for being there illegally, and provides no “social safety net”.

    Unfortunately, I’ve found the Judge to occasionally let conditional realities disappear from his gaze to idealism. Borders are necessary for protecting our freedoms–Just as the borders of your home and property are necessary for yours. — In fact, a universal stance for free access to the country is VERY similar to calling for free services (military, bailouts, etc.) or nation-building in the rest of the world–On their demand, without review or consideration.

    And, look, I am not anti-immigrant–But this p-poor policy will continue for another 30 years if it is not handled competently and realistically. Increase green cards and citizenship, or whatever, but keep the melting-pot principle in place to prevent further factions among We the People, for the politicians to leverage.

    Oh, and, getting rid of the welfare state would smooth things a little.

  2. Slim
    May 29, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    All others fear to opine. 🙂

    • May 29, 2013 at 8:23 pm

      I guess. I was waiting for others to comment before replying to your post.

  3. jd
    June 11, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    excellent, slim. i am vs. immigration, due to unemployment high.

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