The Arizona Republic has a front-page story today on the latest tactics illegal immigration defenders are using to thwart law enforcement deportation efforts. Led by activists like Salvador Reza, these fringe organizations – including some religious organizations, sadly enough – are training illegal immigrants on how to avoid cooperating with the police by refusing to answer questions about their immigration status. Although it may be within your right not to tell the police anything except your name, it is still a violation of the law to be in the country illegally and encouraging illegal immigrants to mislead the police is just one step away from encouraging someone to ignore our laws. Our tough laws against illegal immigration may seem unfair, but they’ve been passed by the majority and represent the views of most – and Arizona voters in particular overwhelmingly support tough illegal immigration laws, having voted with 70%+ margins in favor of four anti-illegal immigration measures in 2006. Encouraging illegal immigrants to make the job of the police tougher is going to waste more tax dollars as the police have to figure out their citizenship status some other way – because if they don’t, and that illegal immigrant is released and kills someone, there will be hell to pay and it will be all over the news, likely resulting in disciplinary action against that officer. it’s unfair to put our law enforcement officers in the middle of this. Proponents of amnesty should work on getting the laws changed, not violating the law. Encouraging lawbreakers not to cooperate with police starts down the slippery slope to anarchy. Why have police if citizens are taught to do their best to thwart them? Illegal immigrants shouldn’t receive the full panoply of rights as U.S. citizens; if the police require their citizenship status, they should be permitted to determine it without wasting massive resources trying to get around someone who refuses to speak.