A recent University of Arizona study found that Arizona's immigrant workers paid an estimated $2.4 billion in state taxes, and accounted for $44 billion in economic output that created 400,000 full-time jobs.
Now is a time for Republicans to either stand with Americans who want a practical solution to our broken immigration system or continue down the road of obstructionism and open flirtation with racist extremism.
When fear is rampant on all sides of the immigration debate, perhaps the recognition of a basic commonality can serve as a crucible for turning this into an opportunity for Arizonans to act well with the eyes of the nation now squarely upon us.
For Edison, N.J.'s old timers, brown is brown. Too many curry shacks is not that different from too many taquerias. We are all Mexicans now. When Joel Stein goes to Edison, he "feels" what people in Arizona talk about.
Democrats in D.C. are going about this regulation thing all wrong. Want to get Republican buy-in? Give Republicans the kind of regulation they like. As usual in U.S. politics, the states provide the road map.
Just two weeks ago, Governor Brewer received an award from the Arizona Interfaith Movement for her work in promoting the "Golden Rule." But by signing the recent anti-immigration bill, I believe she now must give it back.