Papers, Please? Not Exactly




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I want to tell you about a headline the other day on another news network that caught my eye.

The banner on the bottom of the screen said: "Papers, please: Law makes it crime to be illegal immigrant."

This is how MSNBC summarized the new law in Arizona, designed to do something that our federal government will not: Take illegal immigration seriously. The idiocy of the not-so-subtle Nazi reference is exceeded only by the idea that doing something "illegal" should be anything other than a "crime."

But, common sense didn't stop many from reacting as if Arizona's attempt to ask for identification would turn the southwestern United States into the Fourth Reich. Mexico even issued a warning to anyone daring to travel to Arizona, which would have been more intimidating if it didn't sound so much like loving and sensible motherly advice: "It's important to act carefully and respect the local laws."

Isn't that good advice to anyone traveling anywhere? Mexico's outrage rings particularly hollow considering Article 67 of their Population Law: "Authorities, whether federal, state or municipal ... are required to demand that foreigners prove their legal presence in the country, before attending to any issues."

In addition, Amnesty International called the abuse of migrants in Mexico "a major human rights crisis."

Here, we occasionally ask for identification. In Mexico, an estimated six of 10 migrant women and girls are victims of sexual violence, a crime often participated in by authorities themselves. That's a real human rights crisis.

If the Arizona law is so controversial, the residents of Arizona don't seem to understand why. A Rasmussen poll found that 70 percent supported the basic concept of the law. How did this happen? Was it all those rich people?

No, those earning less than $20,000 per year supported it 60-34 percent.

Was is all those old people? No, those between the ages of 18 and 29 years-old supported it 72-28 percent.

Was it all those Republicans? No, Democrats supported the bill 51-43 percent.

Was it all those conservatives? No, liberals supported the bill 44-39 percent.

Was it all those white people? No, even the "other" race category, which includes mostly Hispanics, supported it 63-36 percent.

So either Arizona is filled with racists or they just know more about the law than those criticizing it.

President Obama said this about the legislation the other day:

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PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: This law in Arizona, which I think is a poorly conceived law —

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He believed it was a "poorly conceived law." He would have been right, if anything like the law he described actually existed. This is how he summarized his worry for Hispanic Americans:

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OBAMA: Now suddenly, if you don't have your papers and you took your kid out to get ice cream, you're going to be harassed —

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Well, perhaps — but not legally. The law specifically prohibits such behavior. It applies so many circumstantial limitations that it's hard to imagine how systematic abuse is possible:

Law enforcement will make a "reasonable attempt" to determine the immigration status of a person, "when practicable," if there is a "reasonable suspicion," if it doesn't "hinder or obstruct an investigation" or if they are already "arrested." However, "race, color, or national origin" cannot be the only reason they are asked.

Furthermore, any such interactions must be "permitted by the United States or Arizona Constitution," must "be implemented in a manner consistent with federal laws regulating immigration" must protect "the civil rights of all persons" and the questioning must occur during "lawful contact."

What does "lawful contact" mean? According to the University of Missouri Kansas City Law School professor who helped draft the law, it means "the officer is already engaged in some detention of an individual because he's violated some other law…. The most likely context where this law would come into play is a traffic stop." Arizona is currently in the midst of clarifying this even further, just to be completely clear.

So, unless your mythical trip to the ice cream stand includes reckless driving or armed robbery, you're probably OK enjoying your mint chocolate chip waffle cone in peace.

The larger point, however, is that those who attack this law are making a very specific complaint about a very specific group of people. They claim the bill is ripe for abuse. But, by whom? No critic is claiming that Republican politicians will start making citizens arrests of passing Hispanics. They are saying that police officers will abuse their powers to recklessly harass and detain Hispanic citizens for no reason.

Why can we trust the police to make judgments on the use of lethal force, but not to ask for identification when appropriate?

It's been my experience that police officers, along with members of the military, represent the finest among us; these are people who risk their life every day to protect us. So why are we repaying them with accusations of widespread bigotry?

Do we really believe the everyday cop will be inextricably tempted to unfairly detain Hispanics, even when they will clearly have to break the law to do so?

If you really believe that our men and women in uniform at the local precinct are the equivalent of Nazi Germany asking for "papers," then be honest about it. Make that case to the American people. I dare you.

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Former President Barack Obama sat down with CNN's Anderson Cooper recently for an interview scheduled to air in full on Friday. During the interview, Obama scoffed at the idea that critical race theory could be a "threat to our Republic," while claiming that "right-wing media venues" are "stoking the fear and resentment of a white population."

On the radio program Wednesday, Glenn Beck set the record straight: the right-wing media's efforts to call out the far-left have nothing to do with race in America, but rather everything to do with protecting our way of life that is being threatened more and more each day by the radical, Marxist ideology seeping into government.

"Mr. Obama, you lied," Glenn asserted. "You used the IRS to hunt down your enemy. You spied on the media. And your health care package, which was supposed to save every American $3,000 per year, has helped some, perhaps, while raising the cost of everyone's health care in double and triple percentages. But the worst thing that you did, is you planted, you watered, and you protected the Marxist seeds, by crying race."

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Our sacred republic has never been in more danger than it is today. Little by little, industry by industry, the far Left is fundamentally transforming the country we love. And it's an aggressive, hostile kind of takeover we've only seen in some of the world's darkest societies.

On Glenn TV this week, Glenn Beck exposes how the Biden administration and Democrats are aggressively scrambling to reset everything: our free and fair voting system, our kids' education, our policing, immigration and border security, our economy, our military, and our energy supply.

Finally, Congressman Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) joins to discuss how Biden's "woke" policies are threatening America's national security and our way of life.

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Apparel company The North Face recently stated that it would no longer make jackets for oil and gas companies because it doesn't want to be associated with the fossil fuel industry. In response, Colorado-based oil and gas company Liberty Oilfield Services rented full billboard ads to remind The North Face of the truth: "Globally, 60% of all clothing fibers are made out of oil and gas. For North Face, it is likely 90% or more."

Liberty CEO Chris Wright joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to discuss just how much of our economy — beyond outdoor apparel and energy — wouldn't exist in a world without fossil fuels. And he warns that many companies are now deeming this truth to be "controversial."

"I have been for years, trying to get a real, honest dialogue about energy going," Chris told Glenn. "So we took this opportunity to point out that North Face jackets are ... almost completely made out of oil and gas. How can you choose not to associate with the essential material your equipment [is] made out of? So we put a billboard up ... the billboard says, 'That North Face puffer looks good on you. And it was made from fossil fuels.'"

"Most billboard companies did not want to run that billboard. They thought it was controversial," he added. "And Facebook put a hold on our brief video just saying the jacket looks good, this is what it's made out of. In today's world, that is controversial."

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During a lecture at the Yale School of Medicine's Child Study Center, a New York City-based psychiatrist told students and faculty that she fantasizes about "unloading a revolver into the head of any white person that got in my way," among several other shockingly race-hating statements.

In April, Dr. Aruna Khilanani — a New York-based forensic psychiatrist and psychoanalyst — delivered the talk called "The Psychopathic Problem of the White Mind" virtually as part of the Yale School of Medicine's "Child Study Center Grand Rounds," a lecture program for "trainees in child psychiatry, psychology, and social work, faculty, clinicians, and scientists."

On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck shared several quotes from an audio recording of the lecture provided by Bari Weiss, a former opinion writer and editor for the New York Times.

Here are a few of Khilanani's statements from the audio:

  • "This is the cost of talking to white people at all. The cost of your own life, as they suck you dry. There are no good apples out there. White people make my blood boil."
  • "I had fantasies of unloading a revolver into the head of any white person that got in my way, burying their body, and wiping my bloody hands as I walked away relatively guiltless with a bounce in my step. Like I did the world a f***ing favor."
  • "White people are out of their minds. And they have been for a long time."
  • "White people feel that we are bullying them when we bring up race. They feel that we should be thanking them for all that they have done for us. They are confused, and so are we. We keep forgetting that directly talking about race is a waste of our breath."
  • "We are asking a demented, violent predator who thinks that they are a saint or a superhero, to accept responsibility. It ain't gonna happen. They have five holes in their brain. It's like banging your head against a brick wall. It's just like sort of not a good idea."

"We must take a stand. We must speak out, because this is evil," Glenn said in response to Khilanani's shocking lecture. "I don't care who you voted for, you know this is evil."

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