Commander Tom Garcia Comments On Arizona Legislation

Commander Tom Garcia’s Candidate For Congressional District 24 On The Arizona Immigration Legislation


As a proud American of Hispanic Heritage, it is clear to me that citizenship is a national treasure and one that should not be given out freely to those who trespass on our national sovereignty.  I am particularly offended by those who are calling Arizona’s Immigration bill SB 1070 a bill of racism or racial profiling. I would ask these individuals to actually read the bill. Nowhere in the bill is profiling of any kind referred to or allowed. This bill simply puts an end to local governments tying the hands of law enforcement officers.


Arizona’s valiant law enforcement officers have the right under federal law to ask criminals and suspected criminals of their immigration status. Nothing else is provided for in this bill. For example, a Hispanic family eating lunch in McDonalds can not be asked to verify their status. This bill goes after the worst offenders. Law enforcement officers in Arizona don’t have the time or resources to go after illegal immigrants. All of their time is spent chasing criminals.


Pro-amnesty groups are attempting to take advantage of Arizona’s defense of its sovereignty by painting this bill as something that it isn’t. It is an outright lie to claim this bill authorizes racial profiling. If there are racists in this debate, they are the pro-amnesty groups who seek to undermine our legal immigration process.


As a boy, my father was an Air Force Officer stationed in Tucson, AZ and I can sympathize with the residents there as crime continues to rise to unprecedented levels. The federal government has failed to comply with its constitutional requirement to protect each state from invasion. Arizona’s immigration bill has one purpose and one purpose alone; to protect tax paying citizens from criminals unlawfully in our country.


 As Congressman for Florida’s 24th District, I will propose national legislation to check the status of all suspected criminals.  If we cannot deport illegals who then go on to commit other crimes, wherever they may be, then our national sovereignty truly is at stake. 


Our campaign has led the fight as the first congressional campaign to demand comprehensive shoreline surveillance against terrorism.  We are now ready and willing to lead the fight to protect our borders and the safety of United States citizens.  False accusations of racism are being used to prevent Arizona from doing what any rationally run state must do. Deportation of foreign criminals is not racism. 



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