Opinion: The truth about Arizona's immigration law
Visitors wait to enter the U.S. in Nogales, Arizona. Thousands of Mexicans have work permits and commute daily.
April 24th, 2012
05:00 AM ET

Opinion: The truth about Arizona's immigration law

Editor's note: Ruben Navarrette Jr. is a CNN.com contributor and a nationally syndicated columnist with the Washington Post Writers Group.

By Ruben Navarrette Jr., CNN Contributor

San Diego (CNN) - With the Supreme Court poised this week to hear arguments in the legal challenge to Arizona's immigration law, it's a good time to explain what this law and the ruckus surrounding it are really about.

The left says it's about racism and political extremism; the right claims the issues are border security and public safety.

Wrong. In the two years since Gov. Jan Brewer signed SB 1070 into law, it's become clear that this law, and the debate over it, are really about three things: fear, power and freedom.

Read Ruben Navarrette Jr.'s full column 

soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. dantealexander

    Mexican American get up in the morning where they go to high school and take spanish and get a B

    April 24, 2012 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  2. dawne williams

    With all of the children they gave birth to while in the usa the number of illegals with legal children should ALL be counted as illegals.
    what part of the word illegal does everyone NOT understand.
    these people have been breaking the laws and our law enforcement and government have give them a golden visa card and rewarded for breaking the law

    April 24, 2012 at 7:19 am | Report abuse |