Fleeing Arizona’s Immigration Law

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Monday, October 11, 2010 at 2:22 pm

The Washington Post provided an interesting look Sunday into the life of an Arizona woman who illegally entered the country a decade ago. The woman is married to an American and has two U.S.-born children, but fears deportation or violence as anti-illegal immigrant sentiment heats up in the state. She spends much of her time fearful that she will be arrested and deported or attacked by her neighbors, and tells the reporter she has heard rumors of immigration sweeps at shopping centers and bus drivers asking riders for immigration papers.

All told, it’s a pretty grim outlook, even if the piece is overly brief on whether these fears have any basis in fact:

Then the recession hit and Maricopa began topping lists of counties with the most foreclosures, and Arizona began topping lists of states with the biggest budget gaps. And then came the immigration law, which would require police to check the status of people they stop and suspect of being in the U.S. illegally. While lawyers will continue to debate the measure in court, it already has had a practical, even psychological effect.

Among its supporters, there is a sense of moral certitude, a mood championed by the county’s sheriff, Joe Arpaio, who has become a national hero to some by vowing to continue his sweeps for illegal immigrants – spectacular events in which deputies fan out into mostly Hispanic neighborhoods, at times wearing ski-type masks. Recently, Arpaio called for a citizen “enforcement posse,” a force of 500 people who will be outfitted, he said, with their own guns and helicopters.

This is why, among Hispanic families, the mood is one of nervousness verging at times on paranoia. And why adjustments are being made to hundreds of thousands of complicated lives.

Of course, the story only focuses on one woman, but it’s nevertheless interesting to note that some illegal immigrants are continuing to leave Arizona even after a federal judge blocked most of the controversial portions of SB 1070. So far, there have been no official statistics on how many people may have left Arizona due to the law, but anecdotal evidence such as lower enrollment in predominately Latino schools points to at least some departures. This could have unintended negative consequences for Arizona, as the non-partisan Migration Policy Institute’s Marc Rosenblum told me in August: “Businesses are feeling an impact, both because they may find a shortage of workers but also a shortage of customers.”

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blady11
Comment posted October 11, 2010 @ 7:41 pm

What a crock of S**t … . “The woman is married to an American and has two U.S.-born children, but fears deportation ” … . All she needs to do is file 2 forms (I-130 and I-485) to become a Legal Permanent Resident (Green Card holder). That takes 6 months to complete. So obviously the author of this story is biased, completely ignorant how the system work, or both. The only way this lady could not get her green card is if she has a bunch of criminal convictions that would make her ineligile to adjust her immigration status. Or her “american” husband is also illegal. Get your facts straight before you publish some lame story.


vabelle
Comment posted October 11, 2010 @ 11:50 pm

To be fair, the original article and the story of the woman is not Elise's but a Wash. Post writer's. But my reaction to it was pretty much the same as yours — why hadn't they applied for the Green Card he moment they got married? My husband applied for me and it was understood that I'd get it automatically, because I was married to an American citizen. I was interviewed within six months of the application and granted the permanent legal resident status in another three. No big deal (though it was in '73, and the “climate” was a bit different then), and I was officially “illegal” for a total of 6 months.
OTOH… I came, originally, on a tourist visa, not across the border at night. That might have been the reason they were reluctant to apply…


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stevo1
Comment posted October 12, 2010 @ 12:07 pm

Our Government, has allowed the invasion of 30 million criminals in direct violation of Article IV, Section IV of our Constitution. they force American tax payers to pay Billions to provide Welfare, Prison cells, Educate the invaders children, free medical care,massive document fraud, & are destroying our schools, hospitals, communities, culture while Robbing, Raping, Killing & Assaulting American Citizens WAKE UP PEOPLE!
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borderraven
Comment posted October 12, 2010 @ 5:28 pm

Report Illegal Aliens call DHS Central
Call 866-347-2423 (24/365)

I just reported 40 today. I'm reporting employers and illegals.


borderraven
Comment posted October 12, 2010 @ 5:36 pm

Arizona is doing what all states agree to do as members of the Union, and when the nation has 30 million illegals, employment of state troopers, local police and the state militia, is inevitable to restore law and order, or the President may declare Martial Law.
Read Article 4 Section 4, 32CFR215, 10USC331, 10USC332, 10USC333, and US ARMY FM 3-28.

That SB1070 is motivating illegals to self-deport is good. In fact anybody opposed to SB1070, are also opposed to the US Constitution, and should exercise their free will and human rights to leave the US and seek citizenship some place else.

Article 1 Section 10 of the US Constitution says, [PARAPHRASED]
“every state in the union, shall, without the Consent of Congress, keep Troops, or Ships of War in time of Peace, or engage in War, when actually invaded, or in such imminent Danger as will not admit of delay.”

Article II, section 3, of the US Constitution says, [PARAPHRASED] “The President, shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.”

Article 4 Section 4 of the US Constitution says, [PARAPHRASED] “every state in the union, is responsible to every state in the union, for securing our union against invasion.”


svivar9087
Comment posted October 12, 2010 @ 8:28 pm

@borderraven: “In fact anybody opposed to SB1070, are also opposed to the US Constitution, and should exercise their free will and human rights to leave the US and seek citizenship some place else.”….so it's your way or the highway ?…really Your a funny little person !


ellid
Comment posted October 12, 2010 @ 9:12 pm

Based on what evidence? Sorry, but your hatred of anyone with dark skin or a Hispanic name doesn't count.


ellid
Comment posted October 12, 2010 @ 9:13 pm

Given that the Courts struck down at least part of this law *today*, our gallant Dessert Storm veteran has once again demonstrated nothing but his own ignorance.


ellid
Comment posted October 12, 2010 @ 9:15 pm

Sorry, old sport, but this law is a blatant attempt by a state to seize the power granted only to the federal government. Or didn't they teach you that in middle school civics?


svivar9087
Comment posted October 12, 2010 @ 9:29 pm

Poor thing…he really should seek help. I mean that in a nice way.


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Comment posted October 13, 2010 @ 8:50 am

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Wakethehellup
Comment posted October 14, 2010 @ 8:54 am

50 cheers for Arizona. One from each state in the union, representing the “NO MORE AMNESTY FOR ILLEGALS” poll results from all fifty states. Arizona is succeeding in dispelling large quantities of illegal aliens from their state, dispite the minority position held by politicians who continue to ignore the position and will of the vast majority of legitimate voting citizens of this nation. Keep the pressure on Arizona, help is on the way. Some states are already feeling the burden of an increased number of illegals coming in, as they flee Arizona. In almost every other state across this nation, a majority of legitimate voting citizens are standing up and saying to candidates running for state and federal office; “STOP THE ILLEGAL ALIEN INVASION NOW”. They're also pushing hard and succeeding in many states, to get “Anti-illegal immigration” legislation on their ballots, state house floors and even at the county and township levels. We are going to stop this invasion, with or without the current politicians, presently in office. I'm an Independant that usually votes Democrat, but I'm dead set against the Democrat party leadership on this issue. So are most legal citizen Democrats. It's just taking them some time figuring out how to speak up, without giving the whole pie away to the Republicans. Sooner, or later Democrat leaning and Republican leaning, legitimate citizens are going to drop all those crappie social issues that divide them and come together on what I consider the greatest threat to this nation, since the USSR developed nuclear weapons. Just like then, we as a people will come together, push back and even eliminate this clear and present danger, which is “THE ILLEGAL ALIEN INVASION”.


Info
Comment posted October 14, 2010 @ 9:21 am

You have an extremely favorable bias toward illegal aliens. I wonder why? “hint hint”. Did you go to middle school in this nation? If you did, you didn't learn much, did you? Oh wait, you had to learn the language unos. Look up U.S. consititution online. Find and read the parts in it, pertaining to non U.S. citizens and states responsibilities thereof. Then find and read those articles concerning national border states. I know you'll try and slant what is written there, but in this country, “WHAT IS WRITTEN IS WHAT IS MEANT”.


svivar9087
Comment posted October 14, 2010 @ 12:06 pm

Wake…u need 2 get a life, your going to give yourself a headache !


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Comment posted October 14, 2010 @ 1:25 pm

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Sooner, or later Democrat leaning and Republican leaning, legitimate citizens are going to drop all those crappie social issues that divide them and come together on what I consider the greatest threat to this nation, since the USSR developed nuclear weapons. Just like then, we as a people will come together, push back and even eliminate this clear and present danger, which is “THE ILLEGAL ALIEN INVASION”.


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