The two major crises in the US today are the immigration law in Arizona and its fallout, and the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. In the coming months, the government and the media will analyze the oil spill in infinite detail. The oil industry will be blamed, and that will probably be justified. Certainly, there should have been adequate and duplicate safeguards to prevent such a disaster.
The immigration problem will also be analyzed in great detail by the government and the media. But neither the government or the media will admit that this problem too could have been prevented, and should have been prevented, if the government and the media had recognized the growing danger to American citizens and the American economy caused by illegal aliens, and implemented meaningful immigration reform.
The oil industry will be subjected to stringent new regulations to prevent future disasters of this type. Will the US government enact similar strict regulations to prevent drug-runners and and murders from entering the US, while providing an avenue for legitimate immigrants to enter the country? I doubt it.
( This is not a complaint against the Obama administration alone. This problem has been festering for many years. The Arizona law is the result of many years of frustration over murders, drug deals and burdens on the taxpayers caused by an open border.)