Monday, August 9, 2010

Illegal Immigration, Governor Brewer, and The Phoenix Suns' Owner

A friend who actually lives in Arizona sent me this email.  I included her thoughts on the matter as she did an excellent job of putting this issue into proper perspective.

I just got this email and wanted to pass it on for 2 reasons: Jan Brewer is a gutsy, smart woman and because she brings home the idea that yes, it is all well and good to support something from an idealistic standpoint, (We all support human rights and feel sympathy for those who don't have what we do; we give to charity, the most of any country, and we believe in justice and tolerance as does our nation. But does that mean the U.S. should not have dedicated and defined borders? Does that mean we must take in all peoples whose countries are poor? Can we?)

What happens when those ideals directly affect you? Do you feel the same way? Can you feel the same way? Do you have the room and the funds in your own house to take in everyone who would come to you?
I think so many who stand aloof and lofty about Arizona would not be so "superior" when the issue became personally involving.


Subject: Arizona Governor vs. Phoenix Suns Owner

The owner of the Phoenix Suns basketball team, Robert Sarver, opposes Arizona's new immigration laws. Arizona's Governor Jan Brewer released the following statement in response to Sarver's criticism of the new law:

"What if the owners of the Suns discovered that hordes of people were sneaking into games without paying? What if they had a good idea who the gate-crashers are, but the ushers and security personnel were not allowed to ask these folks to produce their ticket stubs, thus non-paying attendees couldn't be ejected.

Furthermore, what if Suns' ownership was expected to provide those who sneaked in with complimentary eats and drink? And what if, on those days when a gate-crasher became ill or injured, the Suns had to provide free medical care and shelter?"  -Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer

Governor Brewer and my friend Carrie are correct.  The reflexive knee-jerk reaction from Sun's owner Mr. Sarver may seem like the compassionate thing to do, but one would be curious to see his reaction were it to affect his bottom line, as per Governor Brewer's hypothetical situation above.  One suspects his compassion would disappear rapidly. 

This is a second black mark against Mr. Sarver and his evil Suns as I hold them responsible for what one can only assume was cheating in getting past my beloved Portland Trailblazers in the playoffs last season. :)  Now he has only compounded the matter with his foolishness on the illegal immigration issue.


Anonymous said...

I think the better analogy would be that they only questioned the black people

Annie said...

And once again it comes down to states rights...or do those still exist?