Arizona Legislator Lays it on the Line to the New York Times

Letter to New York Times

Enforce Immigration Laws

Published: September 6, 2011

To the Editor:
The Nation’s Cruelest Immigration Law” (editorial, Aug. 29), about a lawsuit by four church leaders against new restrictions by Alabama on undocumented immigrants, says that those who support enforcing immigration laws “have made many in this country forget who and what we are.” Indeed, I think The New York Times seems to have forgotten who and what we are.
The United States was founded on law and justice. The only earthly hope of protecting the equality and dignity of all mankind is with a rule of law that holds both the janitor and the senator completely equal in both benefit and constraint. This was the founders’ dream.     We are a nation of immigrants, but we are a nation of legal immigrants. Failing to enforce our immigration laws encourages more illegal immigration, which unjustly prolongs the wait of legal immigrants who are playing by the book and who have often waited years to become American citizens.
The Obama administration has arrogantly refused to enforce existing immigration laws, and states have been left with no option but to enforce the laws and protect their citizens themselves. Indeed, in the first half of this year alone, nearly 250 new immigration laws and resolutions were enacted in 40 states.
Enforcing the law is not mean-spirited. Rather, it is a noble element of the American spirit. Enforcing immigration laws protects American lives, establishes a fair process for legal immigrants in search of freedom and ensures that America remains the beacon of freedom for the entire family of mankind.
Peoria, Ariz., Aug. 30, 2011
The writer, a Republican, is a member of the House of Representatives from Arizona.
Further info
Trent Franks
Born: 19-Jun1957
Birthplace: Uravan, CO
Gender: Male
Religion: Baptist
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Politician
Party Affiliation: Republican
Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Congressman, Arizona 2nd
Former assistant to Governor Evan Mecham.
Wife: Josephine (“Josie”, m. circa 1980)
University: Ottawa University, Kansas (attended 1989-90)
US Congressman, Arizona 2nd (3-Jan-2003 to present)
Arizona State House of Representatives (1985-87)
Birther Movement
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Clifton Lee West
8 years ago

Trent Franks and other politicians like him are what it is all about when it comes to selecting those who are to govern us fairly. They never forget that the people put them in office and can remove them as well. Unfortunately, our Congress and Administration and, for that matter, our Judicial are of the opinion that no one can touch them, they are above it all and our laws only apply to the lowly and never them. They deserve special treatment, even after they have left office, for as long as they live. Some pull every dirty trick in… Read more »

8 years ago


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8 years ago

When Government will stop this and people can get back to normal life ?