Gordon Webster, Jr.

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BLOG: Showing I.D. a fact of life for Americans

I rarely blog about what I see on the Internet, but this hit a nerve for me.

Robert Sarver, the owner of the Phoenix Suns basketball team, came out strongly opposing Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s new immigration laws a few weeks ago. So Gov. Brewer released a statement in response to Sarver’s criticism of the new law full of a whole lot of common sense:

“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 easts 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?”

We as American citizens must show I.D. when we are:

• Pulled over by the police

• Making purchases on our department store credit cards

• Taking out a loan application

• Applying for or renewing a drivers license or passport

• Applying for any kind of insurance

• Collecting a boarding pass for airline or train travel.

I’m sure there are more instances, but the point is that we, as citizens of the United States, are required to prove who we are every day.

My question to you all is: Why should people in this country illegally be exempt?