- Posted April 29, 2010 by
Blue Springs, Missouri
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Arizona immigration showdown
Too Hard On Arizona?
I think people are being too hard on Arizona itself. Look, Gov. Brewer's back is against the wall. She had to do something! What route she took was wrong. The new law is clearly unconstitutional and must be abolished and replaced with sensible immigration reform.
But Arizona is not the cause of this problem. The federal government is responsible for refusing to address the key factor in why people risk arrest to enter this country. U.S. demand for illicit drugs fuels the terror and violence which has decimated northern Mexico.
It is no surprise why people illegally cross our borders - they're looking for safe and decent jobs.
The United States government must set aside their desire to legislate morality and begin a strenuous and FACTUAL re-examination of our failed drug policy. It is time for America to legitimize illicit drugs and strictly control and regulate them, treating cannabis like alcohol and all other illicit drugs as pharmaceuticals.
The alternative is to continue ignoring the deteriorating conditions in the beautiful country to our south, which drive desperate people across our borders in search of a living wage that's free from corruption and death.
If we laugh off the connection between U.S. drug demand and the motivation to flee the 'ground zero' of the drug cartel wars, we care more about appearances and righteous morality than solving this crisis.