Commonwealth Policy Center

Arizona has a crisis with illegal immigrants pouring over its border. So what’s the solution? Some legislators in the Arizona legislature proposed to allow landowners to shoot illegal immigrants who are trespassing on their property. This proposal is a response to an Arizona rancher who killed an illegal immigrant traveling over his property last year. But is this the response we want to have to trespassing by illegal immigrants? After all, they are image bearers of God. Even if they are entering the country illegally and trespassing, should the state figuratively allow an open season on them? Illegal immigration is a crisis. But the solution of allowing them to be shot is more than harsh. It’s unjust and simply wrong. And the Republicans in the Arizona legislature need to rethink this.