Tuesday, June 8, 2010

 

Gary Andres:
Last week, "Desperate Housewives" star, turned immigration/federalism expert, Eva Longoria, attending a White House state dinner for Mexican President Felipe Calderón, scolded, “You can't have these states doing their own punitive laws when immigration is a federal issue.” Thanks, Eva. Maybe next you can tell us why it was a good idea to use budget reconciliation to pass health care? . . .

I don’t live in Arizona, but many of my family and friends do. I travel there a lot and just returned from a trip several weeks ago. My light-hearted references above about the Hollywood glitterati should in no way detract from the seriousness and complicated nature of this issue.

Residents are frustrated, angry and, even, fearful. They live with an immigration emergency every day. Most believe the situation has spun out of control, including the clergymen, teachers or law enforcement professionals dealing [with] its consequences, or Latino families worried about their families’ future.

Achieving consensus in this debate is like finding a pebble in the Sonoran Desert. But Arizonans reached a state of panic.