Editor’s note: There is hardly an expletive in existence that has not been hurled at Arizona’s recently passed immigration law. To its detractors on the Left, including in the White House, the law represents a cruel injustice – a nativist, racist and even Nazi-like subversion of state power. But as Victor Davis Hanson and Ralph Peters demonstrate in two essays in the Freedom Center’s urgent new pamphlet, Arizona’s Fight, America’s Fight, the attacks on Arizona’s law are not only substantively unfounded, but are symbolic of the Left’s profound distortion of the national debate about illegal immigration.
Putting that debate in context, the authors show that the smear campaign against Arizona is designed to obscure the real and mounting problems of mass illegal immigration and the chaos engulfing America’s southern border. From financial costs, such as the steep drain on public services, to national security threats, stemming from Mexico’s raging drug wars, to demographic challenges, exacerbated by a thriving multicultural grievance industry, illegal immigration has become a national emergency. Against this background, Arizona’s attempt to enforce the law of the land is a modest step for sanity. Ultimately, as the authors show, the battle for Arizona is the battle for America.
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