A state senator in New York has a brilliant idea and one that could greatly enhance the quality of life for millions of Americans, but not for the reasons that they propose and not for the same benefactors.
A bill, sponsored by Sen. Gustavo Rivera, D-Bronx, would create a stateÂ citizenship, with the intention of giving illegal aliens the rights of American citizens within the borders of New York.
Of course along with the ability to grant citizenship, comes the ability and the responsibility to control and police that citizenship. Therein lies the possible unintended consequences for the pro-amnesty crowd and the hidden benefit to American citizens.
Arizona has attempted in the past to mimic the federal immigration enforcement statutes in an effort to control illegal immigration with their own identical version of the federal law and had that effort struck down in the past. The judge ruled that enforcement of federal immigration, even through a state law, was a federal responsibility.
Now, using the novel idea being proposed in New York as a guide, Arizona or any other state in which the rights of citizens still come first, could theoretically enact their own citizenship requirements, along with a state department of immigration and enforcement mechanisms. Those found to be in violation of that state law could then be incarcerated, or deported to the sanctuary states around them, such as California.
The fact that it is being done on a state level would preclude the â€œJusticeâ€ Department or any other Obama enforcement operatives from claiming a state overreach into their areas of lax or non-existent enforcement.
If it works, it might not be a bad idea to impose quotas on the number of residents of California, New York, Illinois, Connecticut, Washington and other liberal states who can be granted temporary residency as well.
The New York version, according to Sen. Gustavo Rivera, D-Bronx, would require that â€œsomeone can demonstrate proof of identity, live here for three consecutive years, pay taxes for three consecutive years.â€ Why wait three years, how about 30 days, or ten minutes even. The important part would be a requirement for state citizenship that the applicant must be a United States citizen.
New York State assemblyman Karim Camara, a Brooklyn Democrat said the 2.7 million illegals in their state could then â€œlegallyâ€ drive, vote in state and local elections and receive tuition aid. He said, â€œWe have the opportunity now to step in where the federal government has not and make New York stronger by strengthening the rights of new immigrants.â€
And Arizona could likewise step in where the federal government is not, and enforce their state laws. Itâ€™s genius.
One of those in support of the measure, nineteen-year-old Antonio Alarcon talked of what the illegals deserved, saying â€œWe deserve to receive the aid necessary for us to go to college, we deserve to vote. We deserve to drive.â€
Some might argue conversely that they deserve to be sent home.
Rick Wells is a conservative author who recognizes that our nation, our Constitution and our traditions are under a full scale assault from multiple threats. Please â€œLikeâ€ him on Facebook, â€œFollowâ€ him on Twitter or visitÂ www.rickwells.us