06/28/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Arizona ... Take Off Your Mexican Shoes (VIDEO)

Tea Party types are fond of saying "I want my country back." This is a sentiment possibly shared by the Mexican immigrants in Arizona, if they know their history.

How' does that old Mark Lindsay song go? "Arizona, cut off your Indian braids." These days, it should really be "Take off your Mexican shoes." Because according to California Congressman Brian Bilbray, that's how you can tell an illegal immigrant from a legal resident. Which means peace officers like Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio will be paying more attention to footwear than any straight men in history.

Arpaio is beloved in Arizona for housing his prisoners in extreme heat and working them to exhaustion, to teach them crime doesn't pay. Unfortunately, illegals are learning just the opposite lesson from agribusiness, construction, and the tourism industry. But you don't want bust those guys! Exploiting illegals makes them rich enough to hire high-powered legal talent. So it makes more sense for Arizona to go after the exploitees. And if you can simultaneously harass legal immigrants, and piss off American citizens with a suspicious amount of vowels and Zs in their names, it's a bonus.

Of course, zealous attention to skin color and accents could make the Grand Canyon State look like a real hole ... not a nice place to visit. So here's a timely reminder of a dozen reasons we should be vacationing there.