Illegal immigration is doubtless a highly complex issue, with myriad points of view to consider, as are drug use and other non-violent crimes; however, a positive one should not be corporate profit, recast in patriotic and political terms with which it becomes difficult to differ in principle without seeming to affirm the opposite. While there is no definitive answer, it seems interesting to consider the question whether or not the Arizona law would have ever been written had it not happened as it did.
“Prison Economics Help Drive Arizona Immigration Law”
A life sentence prisoner recently commented that this evokes the last words of Revelation 18:13:
11 “The merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her because no one buys their cargoes any more– 12 cargoes of gold, silver, precious stones and pearls; fine linen, purple, silk and scarlet cloth; every sort of citron wood, and articles of every kind made of ivory, costly wood, bronze, iron and marble; 13 cargoes of cinnamon and spice, of incense, myrrh and frankincense, of wine and olive oil, of fine flour and wheat; cattle and sheep; horses and carriages; and bodies and souls of men” (the original NIV; the NASB reads “…and slaves and human lives”).
When I heard that I was astonished; it seems chillingly accurate.