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Arizona migrant law inspires other states

June 17, 2010

USA-IMMIGRATION/Arizona’s state law cracking down on illegal immigrants has inspired similar measures in four other U.S. states, although legislators may await the outcome of pending legal challenges before pressing ahead with them, analysts say.

In late April, Arizona’s Republican-controlled legislature passed a bill  requiring police in the Mexico border state to check the immigration status of anyone they reasonably suspect is in the country illegally, during the course of a traffic stop or similar legal contact.

The law comes into effect on July 29, pending challenges in federal court by plaintiffs including two police officers, faith and civil rights groups that charge the measure is unconstitutional and a mandate for racial profiling.

Polls show the measure is supported by a broad majority of Americans in this congressional election year.

The National Conference of State Legislatures says that similar bills seeking to curb illegal immigration have since been introduced in South Carolina,  Pennsylvania, Minnesota  and Rhode Island.

“Although there are many reports of individual legislators or candidates in various states commenting that they would support or oppose similar legislation, we are aware of only four states with similar bills introduced in the weeks after the Arizona law passed,” said Ann Morse, an immigration analyst at the NCSL.

“Until the court challenges have been decided, I don’t anticipate a great deal of action this year.  I’m sure (the) 2011 legislative session will see more introductions,” she added.

Passage of the desert state’s law has re-energized a sometimes bitter debate over illegal immigration in the United States, where an estimated 10.8 million unauthorized migrants work in mostly low-paid jobs such as landscaping, construction and restaurant work.

President Barack Obama supports a comprehensive overhaul of federal immigration laws that would allow undocumented immigrants in good standing to pay a fine, learn English and become citizens.

He also backs tightening border security and clamping down on employers that hire undocumented workers.Obama has spoken out against the Arizona law, and expressed concern that it could inspire a “patchwork” of conflicting state immigration laws.

Days after Arizona passed the law, Democratic leaders in the U.S. Senate unveiled a plan to overhaul the country’s immigration laws.

It has so far failed to gain any Republican support, and analysts say the effort is very unlikely to gain traction before the midterm congressional elections in November.Buoyed by their success with the state law targeting illegal immigrants, Arizona Republican lawmakers are planning further legislation to deny U.S. citizenship to the children of illegal immigrants.

No bill has yet been introduced.

Photo credit: Reuters/Joshua Lott (Demonstrators in Phoenix march to the state capitol on May 29 to protest against Arizona’s new law to crack down on illegal immigration.)

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I don’t openly disagree with our president, in this case he needs to back off. We here in Arizona know how bad it is dealing with the issues here. I wish we could do more to close all borders and get those who don’t belong here out!!! For any one else who one doesn’t live here and two therefore has no opinion, should give us there state and address and we will ship them to your front door.

Posted by wolf91101 | Report as abusive
 

UGH, Arizona. This thinking makes me glad I didn’t move to that state last year; I also have no desire to as much as visit Arizona. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
- Statue of Liberty

Mexicans come here because too many Americans don’t want the jobs that an immigrant will take. In San Diego, Mexicans are not welcomed, but who mows the lawn, or cleans the house?

Posted by Algusto | Report as abusive
 

How can Obama have the Intestinal Fortitude to challenge Arizona or any state on Law? Obama can only do ONE thing for the good of the U.S.A. Obama must Resign Immediately. Obama has helped create a Monumental Constitutional Crisis for “We the People.”

Enough Is Enough!

Real – Reform in this Greatest of all Countries is nothing less than going back to the basics. Our Great and Wise Founders gave U.S. all the Wisdom we need. Everything they taught U.S. is still completely relevant today. We are a Constitutional Republic. A Sovereign and Free People.

“Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.” –George Washington

“We the People” have slowly allowed Our government to get way off track. This can never happen again. Its time to clean house and also dismantle a very large and unnecessary portion of Our Federal government.

Our tool has become a Monster.

“The people are the only legitimate fountain of power, and it is from them that the constitutional charter, under which the several branches of government hold their power, is derived.” -James Madison

Capitalism and Free markets never failed U.S. as we have Not had a pure system in place since the Federal Reserve was established. The Fed has perverted our government with massive corruption.

Corruption, deception, fraud, lies and lack of Integrity can no-longer be tolerated. The Fed has to End. Period!

“Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe depositories.” –Thomas Jefferson

Progressives and Globalists are an infection to Our Great U.S.A. and go completely opposite and against Our unquestionable God-Given Freedoms and Liberties.

“Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations; entangling alliances with none.” –Thomas Jefferson

Obama must NOW Resign!

Obama, you can never be the Legal President of the U.S.A. Ever! Nobody is above the Law.

Obama’s signature and FALSE Authority is NULL and VOID on ALL Executive Orders, Legislature, Treaties, Laws and Appointments.

“We the People” can NOT just pick and choose the parts of Law – “Our Beloved Constitution” – that we will follow or enforce.

Article 2 Section 1 Clause 5 of the Constitution of the united States says:

“No Person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the united States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President;”

Everybody knows the Truth! Truth Is Always Truth!

Obama, you might Not even be a U.S. citizen.

Man Up Obama!

Americans can be very forgiving, This is your chance to finally do something right. Everything Is going to be exposed and brought into the light no-matter what anyway. Be the first to resign, and let U.S. move forward quickly. Go from Zero to Hero for U.S. or do you hate U.S. that bad?

Congressmen, Senators, Judges, Federal Reserve, Prosecutors and others please come forward with resignations quickly. You all know who you are, never underestimate “We the People” again. Now is your chance to be part of the correct solution instead of the problem.

Experience the Mercy of a very special and Great People. “We the People” need to quickly fix, heal, and move past the problems you created. Or do you hate U.S. that bad?

Do you really believe in your wildest imagination the True, Just, and Rightful Power – “We the People” would ever allow the criminal theft of Our God-Given Freedoms and Liberties. Our Constitution protects U.S. and the Sacred Oath of Office is loyal to the Constitution. We are a Sovereign Nation and a Sovereign People. Our Constitution is always in favor of and loyal to “We the People”. Our government is ONLY Our tool.

Enough Is Enough!

Truth Is Truth! Do the Right thing!

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“God Bless America, but most importantly, America Must Bless God!”

Posted by thomdd1959 | Report as abusive
 

Man up, freepers, birthers, teaklanners, conspiracy nuts.
It’s time to take your medicine.

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