It is funny that we would have to discuss whether a criminal’s immigration status should be considered when being sentenced. Does the fact that the person is in the country illegally not show a blatant disrespect for the law?
For some, the idea is repugnant and akin to racism. But being illegal is not a race. People are not born illegal. There is not an illegal gene that one inherits. People are not born illegal but make themselves illegal by their actions. And this is why the new Arizona law makes so much sense.
An Arizona House panel voted on Thursday to deny parole, probation or any type of early release to criminals who were in the United States illegally when they committed a crime.
The measure was passed following an emotional testimony by Steve Ronnebeck, whose son Grant was shot to death by an undocumented immigrant while working the graveyard shift at a convenience store. The man who shot his son had been convicted of burglary in 2012 and was placed on probation.
The law would use the fact of a criminal’s immigration status in determining how strict or lenient the court should be on them at sentencing. And though this only logical, some wish to cry foul.
Despite arguments from several Democrats that the bill improperly targeted undocumented immigrants, they were overruled by Republican legislators who called it a “reasonable policy” to consider immigration status when deciding on parole.
This is not different than considering a criminal’s past when sentencing them. If a person has displayed a pattern of lawlessness, then you should take that into consideration. Are they likely to break this law or other laws in the future? If so, why allow them to roam the streets?
Opposition to this law shows that common sense is not all that common.