Stop abusing Arizona, David Frum writes—the state Jon Stewart called the "meth lab" of democracy has a real problem that the federal government isn't doing a damn thing about. With the Mexican border at San Diego effectively fenced, illegal immigration and drug trafficking have shifted into Arizona, he writes. “Imagine yourself a landowner in southern Arizona,” the ex-Bush speechwriter says on his blog. “Every morning you wake up to a hillock of garbage: plastic bottles, food remains, human urine and feces.” Last month a rancher was murdered on his own property, “likely by a marijuana-smuggling illegal immigrant.”
The effect has reached cities, too, Frum adds: "Illegals crowd hospital emergency rooms, crash uninsured cars, and transform overbuilt neighborhoods into rooming house slums."
The law isn't crazy: The goal is to make border-hopping less attractive—and to “prod a reluctant federal immigration service into action.” Congress still hasn't built the fence it promised 2 years ago, and Washington keeps talking about amnesty—“sorry: 'pathway to citizenship.'” Arizona's on its own, he says, and doing its best. (Read more David Frum stories.)