Don’t Let the Media Start a Civil War

Christine Rubin Christine Rubin


The media frenzy surrounding Arizona’s immigration law is nothing less than the press inciting a civil war.

There is no shortage of hypothetical outcomes of the new law and these scenarios are repeated as if they are already “fact.” The new Arizona law does not take effect until the end of July, and no one has been stopped or questioned under this new law. The outcry from protesters in San Diego, Los Angeles, and Sacramento makes it seem like Arizona has violated some natural or constitutional law. Nothing can be farther from the truth. States have the right to govern and protect themselves and California has no moral authority to dog-pile on its stately neighbor.

Calls for city council resolutions, economic sanctions, boycotts, and protests are nothing more than grandstanding for the media. These will not deter the Arizona state legislature from doing what it is elected to do; protect its citizens from harm when the federal government fails to do its job.

The job of government is to protect its citizens. While states look to the federal government for help, it is irresponsible for states to ignore a crisis. California’s response to the new Arizona law is reckless and short sighted. When our next crisis occurs, manmade or natural, California will rely on our neighbors for help. Arizona has every right to tell us to head south, see how much help we can get from Mexico.