Innocent people held at gunpoint during CA search

Innocent person held at gunpointPolice officers blocked access to homes and held innocent people driving down the street at gunpoint last week during a search for a suspect who allegedly shot a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer in Roseville, California.

The suspect ran on foot and entered a nearby house shortly before the homeowners escaped out of a side door.  With helicopters circling overhead and frequent exchanges of gunfire between officers and the suspect in the usually quiet neighborhood, the community quickly turned into chaotic martial law as state police quickly took over the area.

At least 15 homes were immediately evacuated during the incident, Boston-style, and some residents waited more than 24-hours before they were able to return to their homes.  Drivers were stopped at gunpoint during the search for the suspect and forced to answer questions posed by police while staring down the barrel of a high-powered rifle.

All injured officers involved in the shooting were treated at a local hospital.  Four officers were released and two remain in stable condition with jaw and leg wounds.

Obama: Now is the time for immigration reform

Arizona ImmigrationAfter spending nearly $2 million of taxpayer money on a trip out to Las Vegas yesterday where he delivered a 25-minute speech, President Obama told a crowd of supporters that now is the time to reform our immigration system, outlining many of the same goals uttered 4 years ago.

Why is it now, almost 1500 days into his presidency, would so-called “common sense” immigration reform suddenly become an immediate concern?  After riding into office on the backs of immigrants and accomplishing virtually nothing in his first term, “now is the time”, he said.  “This time, action must follow”.

The president will not be up for re-election again.  Now certainly is the time.

Among the more controversial portions of the Obama immigration plan includes a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants currently in the country – although the president cleverly calls it a pathway to “earned” citizenship. Although details are sketchy, Obama’s plan supposedly includes new punishments for businesses who knowingly hire illegal labor and “tighter security at the border”, whatever that means.

While the government gets bogged down with details unrelated to a true solution, actual immigration reform needs to include the elimination of laws, not the enactment of more.  Our nation has enough laws, more than most Americans know what to do with.  More rules and regulations are not the solution.

As author Daniel Griswold so aptly wrote, “When large numbers of otherwise decent people routinely violate a law, the law itself is probably the problem.”  Our government has a choice: it can either reform immigration law by observing how immigrants live in our country, or it can spend months debating the merits of politically-charged provisions of proposed new laws that do nothing to address the true problem of immigration.

It will likely choose the latter.