Mayor Bloomberg on Arizona’s immigration law: ‘We are committing national suicide’

A fired-up Mayor Bloomberg warned the U.S. “is committing national suicide” by passing the buck on implementing comprehensive immigration reform.

Bloomberg said that because federal lawmakers have failed to tackle the thorny issue, lawmakers in states like Arizona have taken matters into their own hands.

Well put. The Arizona immigration law, aside from being mean-spirited, won’t solve anything, because it targets the wrong people. But the federal government has failed completely at anything approaching coherence or effectiveness in immigration policy. So of course states, especially those most affected, will step into the void.

There are real and serious problems in Arizona with immigration. They need to be addressed. As drug cartels continue to grow in power, more violence and corruption will spill across the border, as well those fleeing from it. We need comprehensive immigration reform, not a continuation of liberals and conservatives screaming at each other.

As with the response to Hurricane Katrina, the hollowing out of the federal government is apparent, with DC increasingly unable to provide basic services. We need a change.