The fight against illegal immigration has accelerated over the last year from Arizona to, most recently, Alabama. States across the country have taken the responsibility that federal government has relinquished. Regular polling reveals that a majority of Americans favor halting the flow of illegal aliens across the border. Despite the wishes of the American people, neither party has effectively stood for the defense of our borders and our sovereignty.

In the 24 years since President Reagan signed an amnesty bill into law, the federal government has failed to protect the borders. The situation on the U.S.-Mexico border has become anarchy. Drug trafficking, human trafficking and massive illegal immigration have caused a volatile situation. On March 30, 2010, an American rancher by the name of Robert Krentz was found shot to death on his 34,000-acre ranch in Arizona. The local sheriff’s department suspected Krentz was killed by illegal aliens, and Arizona demanded that the state take action in response to the federal government’s nonchalant attitude on the issue. At the time of the murder, Tucson, Ariz., had become the crime capital of America. From 2007 to 2009, the city of half a million had more than 1,000 kidnappings and nearly 7,000 cases of assault.

Appealing to the will of her constituents, Gov. Jan Brewer signed SB 1070 into law on April 23, 2010. The controversial law made it a crime for an illegal alien to be in the state of Arizona—shocking! Despite the attempts by several liberal groups to boycott Arizona, all measures failed. According to the Phoenix News Times, resorts saw a major tourism increase compared with 2009. Several other states such as Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina have followed Arizona in protecting their citizens and the sovereignty of the United States. Following SB 1070, the democratically controlled lame-duck session attempted to pass the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, a bill that would have granted citizenship to an estimated 2 million illegal minors living in the country. Due to a grassroots outcry from the American people, Republicans who had previously supported the bill as well as a handful of moderate Democrats, flipped positions and defeated the legislation in the Senate. Following the defeat of the DREAM Act, the governor of Maryland, Martin O’Malley, signed a bill granting instate tuition for illegal aliens. The people of Maryland responded by collecting more than 109,000 signatures to put a repeal of the law on the ballot in 2012.

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