Arizona Legislature Advances Tough Immigration Bill

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010 at 1:06 pm

The Arizona House of Representatives passed a bill yesterday that puts the state within reach of having some of the toughest immigration laws in the country.

FOX News provides an explainer on select provisions of Arizona Senate bill 1070:

It would:

– Create a new state misdemeanor crime of willful failure to complete or carry an alien registration document.

– Allow officers to arrest immigrants unable to show documents proving they’re legally in the country.

– Ban so-called soft immigration policies at local police agencies and allow people to sue if they feel a government agency has adopted a policy that hinders the enforcement of illegal immigration laws.

– Prohibit people from blocking traffic when they seek or offer day-labor services on street corners.

– Make it illegal for people to transport illegal immigrants if the drivers of vehicles know their passengers are in the country illegally and if the transportation furthers their illegal presence in the country.

The provision is designed to target law enforcement policies that prevent officers from asking people about their immigration status, but opponents worry it will make victims and witnesses scared to work with police and prosecutors.

The bill, introduced by state Sen. Russell Pearce, would give an unprecedented amount of immigration enforcement power to local police officers — something that has divided groups in Arizona.

From the Los Angeles Times:

…police were deeply divided on the matter, with police unions backing it but the state police chief’s association opposing the bill, contending it could erode trust with immigrants who could be potential witnesses.

Immigrant rights groups were horrified, and contended that Arizona would be transformed into a police state.

“It’s beyond the pale,” said Chris Newman, legal director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network. “It appears to mandate racial profiling.”

During the debate, the bill managed to win support from some state senators who expressed misgivings about the legislation.

One of the bill’s provisions is to prevent “sanctuary cities” from not enforcing immigration laws, and Republican state Rep. Russ Jones said he couldn’t think of one sanctuary city in the state. “I don’t see this as a problem, and I wonder what we’re fixing,” he said. Nonetheless, he voted for it.

A similar supportive vote came from Republican Rep. Lucy Mason, who said the bill doesn’t focus on where it needs to: the border.

This bill could represent a reaction by Republicans to border violence, in the wake of the recent death of an Arizona rancher who is believed to have been killed by an illegal immigrant or a drug smuggler. His death has gotten attention from both the media and lawmakers looking ahead to the November elections with promises of stronger border security.

And given recent comments from Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R-Ariz.) about the rancher’s death, this bill looks likely to become law.

The text of the House version is nearly identical to a Senate bill approved in February, but changes were made to create a prosecution exemption for people who drive illegal immigrants to church or who provide emergency services, according to a Phoenix Business Journal article.

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Brittanicus
Comment posted April 14, 2010 @ 5:31 pm

The real truth is that there are over 20 million plus illegal aliens in this nation. They have all spat on our sovereign laws, our flag, and our constitution to break into America. Then demonstrate in our streets, branding foreign flags and demand their Civil rights. The intention was there, no matter the cause to crawl, slip or enter America without means of financial support. The cesspool of businesses that employed foreigners, rather than a US citizen-resident cannot be forgiven and there should be a composite of heavy fines, business asset confiscation and imprisonment? There should be no conciliation for gainfully profiting on the backs of their own people? An estimated eight million foreign nationals have jobs, while the number of Americans seeking work is over 15 million and still accelerating.

Another grand travesty is that the US State Department issues approximately 1.5 million work visas annually. I agree as the majority of Americans that we can always make room for highly intelligent, skilled workers that can be elusive commodity in our country. But what we–DON'T– need are mediocre immigrant job seekers from other lands that our own workforce must teach job skills, before those employees receive a pink slip. Immigration attorneys have been proven time and time again on fudging a person’s qualifications, to import into this country, large contingents of low skilled legal immigrants from countries with impoverished wages. The biggest issue here businesses cut jobs, and the low skilled are the first to go. That means the taxpayer becomes the payee of hundreds of thousands of people, who ultimately end up in the government entitlement programs. The E-Verify program with successful modifications could be used to disclose illegal immigrants, defrauding the welfare benefits system. ICE should recycle audits and even make lightening raids on previously visited companies. E-Verify must be instigated permanently and not a voluntary illegal alien reducer in auto licenses, vehicle registration, health care and other pertinent identification processes.

Whereas the highly, technically skilled soon find a new employer. THE MAJOR PROBLEM IS, WE CAN DO WITHOUT THE LANDSCAPERS, JANITORS, AND CONSTRUCTION LABOR, AS WE HAVE MILLIONS OF US CITIZENS-RESIDENTS WHO CAN DO THESE MANUAL JOBS? The real $ cost of the illegal alien invasion has remained intentionally undisclosed by our Senators and Congressman. Few states admit the expenditures, especially California? Arizona legislators have seen the financially errors caused by blanket immigration to that state. Finally it will be signed into law the most restrictive measures to give law enforcement the ability to question any individual they deem as suspicious on legal status. Condemnation is already appearing from the National media generated by the open border advocacy organizations. Illegal immigration has become a nationwide battleground and the economic aspect it, would pay for all our foreign wars? Years of complete and utter irrelevance has allowed this illegal occupation to happen. To even consider another mass amnesty is beyond outrageous, beyond anything comprehensible. Our Lawmakers, who are subservient to the moneyed open border lobbyists or the radical ethnocentric organizations, WILL BE REMEMBERED IN UPCOMING ELECTIONS. Sen. Harry Reid, the Amnesty incumbent will be removed. Unless the high population of illegal aliens in Nevada vote for him? Yes! They will vote. A growing list of pro-amnesty, anti-sovereignty politicians is visible at NumbersUSA. TO RECAP ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT IS ONLY SEEN TO WORK? IN FACT IT HAS NEVER BEEN ENFORCED. WE HAVE BEEN CHEATED FOR DECADES?


magyart
Comment posted April 14, 2010 @ 5:38 pm

Even without this law, local police may inquire about one's immigration status, provided they lawfully stop someone. Every law enforcement agency in the country can presently inquire of INS [ICE] regarding the identity of anyone undocumented.

Too many local police depts fail to do this. Failure to do this robs the federal govt. of their immigration decision.

The local police should make no decisions, merely report all undocumented residents to the FBI and ICE. The federal govt's Secure Communities Initiative makes the dual inquiry automatice. I support this legislation and hope other states adopt this change.


Penny
Comment posted April 14, 2010 @ 5:46 pm

FINALLY! I wish they would do that all across the country! This has to stop. If I commit a crime I am arrested. If a person is illegally in the country – IT IS A CRIME! Arrest them! My god, how ridiculous it has become!


Vickie
Comment posted April 14, 2010 @ 5:57 pm

These laws should be nationally applied.


Native
Comment posted April 14, 2010 @ 6:07 pm

This is ridiculous! All this bill does is increase racial profiling, hurt families and help Arpaio waste more money! This does not one thing to help our border problem of drug smugglers and bad people from crossing. Don't tell me that people here will do the labor jobs because it's a bunch of crap! They won't do it. We are lazy! Russell Pearce has a personal agenda and it doesn't have to do with helping Arizona!


ProudAmerican
Comment posted April 14, 2010 @ 6:14 pm

- Allow officers to arrest immigrants unable to show documents proving they’re legally in the country.
Aren’t we all immigrants? This just gives cops another tool to legally harass the citizens of this state. This is just plain silly.

– Make it illegal for people to transport illegal immigrants if the drivers of vehicles know their passengers are in the country illegally and if the transportation furthers their illegal presence in the country.

How will the driver know if someone is illegal? What is to stop a cop from saying that you knew you were transporting someone who is illegal? This racist law is obviously directed at one race of people. And you better believe the cops will use this to harm any brown person that they don’t like. The people of Arizona should be ashamed of themselves.


LadyLiberty
Comment posted April 14, 2010 @ 6:19 pm

Wow, so full of hate. Its a shame. Most Americans really don't feel like this.


elisa
Comment posted April 14, 2010 @ 6:19 pm

WHY DONT WE DO THIS TO BLACK PEOPLE OR BETTER YET THE ASIANS….THIS IS A FORM OF DISCRIMINATION AND THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE COMMENTING I BET ARE WHITE..HA you take offense that i am assuming that your white..well its kinda what the laws going to do to hispanics/asains/europeans…”mexicans” are the only immigrants you know…n ps YOUR GREAT GRANDPARENTS WERE PROBLY IMMIGRANTS!!!…JUST WITH BLONDE HAIR AND AN ACCENT..NOW THIS LAW IS GOING TO BE ABUSED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS…


chrisjay
Comment posted April 14, 2010 @ 6:19 pm

I find that many conservatives fail to think thru their declarations of 'law & order' . Case in point: Will you continue to gloss over the issues alluded to in this article regarding just how conflicted local law enforcement is about this bill?


Patriot_Warrior
Comment posted April 14, 2010 @ 6:20 pm

You are right, this is ridiculous that traitorous fools like yourself would allow people to break into our country and use it for personal gain. So Native, will you please post your address so that all here know where you live so that we can break into your domicile and take your things for personal gain. I am sure you wont do it because you must think we should have open borders to allow the invasion of this country by a bunch of uneducated peasants.


RJ
Comment posted April 14, 2010 @ 6:22 pm

Are you kidding. You don't want local law enforcement to enforce the law? I'm sorry, but they need to have the authority to do the job. The other agencies can't do the job alone now. Why not allow them to be assisted by those who encounter the problem?


Name
Comment posted April 14, 2010 @ 6:26 pm

Yes they doooooo!


Name
Comment posted April 14, 2010 @ 6:31 pm

Anyone who is here ILLEGALLY!!!! Do you think it is fair to the people of say Uganda or where ever that are trying for years to get into this country legally that someone can sneak in and they aren't any ramifications for it??


Name
Comment posted April 14, 2010 @ 6:33 pm

Amen.


terry hunt
Comment posted April 14, 2010 @ 6:39 pm

They need to go after the employers. Give them a million dollar fine and a year in jail if they have illigal aliens working for them. If nobody will hire them they will go home. The law just have to be enforced. Thats the problem now, there are laws on the book like this, the gov has just decided not to enforce them cause there is big money for the corporations not to.


bogheathen
Comment posted April 14, 2010 @ 6:49 pm

Illegal immigrants are, by definition, ALREADY breaking the law. How do you tell an illegal immigrant from a legal immigrant? You ask for their papers. How do you tell an illegal driver from a legal driver? You ask for their license. How do you tell an illegal vendor from an legal vendor? You ask for his permit. How do you tell an illegal doctor from a legal doctor? You ask for his certification. What's the problem with having to provide the proper paperwork?


Brittanicus
Comment posted April 14, 2010 @ 6:50 pm

The real truth is that there are over 20 million plus illegal aliens in this nation. They have all spat on our sovereign laws, our flag, and our constitution to break into America. Then demonstrate in our streets, branding foreign flags and demand their Civil rights. The intention was there, no matter the cause to crawl, slip or enter America without means of financial support. The cesspool of businesses that employed foreigners, rather than a US citizen-resident cannot be forgiven and there should be a composite of heavy fines, business asset confiscation and imprisonment? There should be no conciliation for gainfully profiting on the backs of their own people? An estimated eight million foreign nationals have jobs, while the number of Americans seeking work is over 15 million and still accelerating.

Another grand travesty is that the US State Department issues approximately 1.5 million work visas annually. I agree as the majority of Americans that we can always make room for highly intelligent, skilled workers that can be elusive commodity in our country. But what we–DON'T– need are mediocre immigrant job seekers from other lands that our own workforce must teach job skills, before those employees receive a pink slip. Immigration attorneys have been proven time and time again on fudging a person’s qualifications, to import into this country, large contingents of low skilled legal immigrants from countries with impoverished wages. The biggest issue here businesses cut jobs, and the low skilled are the first to go. That means the taxpayer becomes the payee of hundreds of thousands of people, who ultimately end up in the government entitlement programs. The E-Verify program with successful modifications could be used to disclose illegal immigrants, defrauding the welfare benefits system. ICE should recycle audits and even make lightening raids on previously visited companies. E-Verify must be instigated permanently and not a voluntary illegal alien reducer in auto licenses, vehicle registration, health care and other pertinent identification processes.

Whereas the highly, technically skilled soon find a new employer. THE MAJOR PROBLEM IS, WE CAN DO WITHOUT THE LANDSCAPERS, JANITORS, AND CONSTRUCTION LABOR, AS WE HAVE MILLIONS OF US CITIZENS-RESIDENTS WHO CAN DO THESE MANUAL JOBS? The real $ cost of the illegal alien invasion has remained intentionally undisclosed by our Senators and Congressman. Few states admit the expenditures, especially California? Arizona legislators have seen the financially errors caused by blanket immigration to that state. Finally it will be signed into law the most restrictive measures to give law enforcement the ability to question any individual they deem as suspicious on legal status. Condemnation is already appearing from the National media generated by the open border advocacy organizations. Illegal immigration has become a nationwide battleground and the economic aspect it, would pay for all our foreign wars? Years of complete and utter irrelevance has allowed this illegal occupation to happen. To even consider another mass amnesty is beyond outrageous, beyond anything comprehensible. Our Lawmakers, who are subservient to the moneyed open border lobbyists or the radical ethnocentric organizations, WILL BE REMEMBERED IN UPCOMING ELECTIONS. Sen. Harry Reid, the Amnesty incumbent will be removed. Unless the high population of illegal aliens in Nevada vote for him? Yes! They will vote. A growing list of pro-amnesty, anti-sovereignty politicians is visible at NumbersUSA. TO RECAP ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT IS ONLY SEEN TO WORK? IN FACT IT HAS NEVER BEEN ENFORCED. WE HAVE BEEN CHEATED FOR DECADES?


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magyart
Comment posted April 14, 2010 @ 8:08 pm

Perhaps I didn't state this clearlt, but I DO EXPECT the law to be enforced. I'm merely pointing out, local law enforcement can inquire about anyone's immigration status and report any undocumented resident now.

Nothing prevents them from doing this. Unfortunately some local police forces do NOT make this type of inquire or report all undocumented residents.

It's unfortunate this state law is necessary to force local police to perform dutuies they are already authorized to perform.

I hope the entire nation follows the lead of AZ.


magyart
Comment posted April 14, 2010 @ 8:13 pm

Most Americans and legal residents feel this way. Read the comments.


magyart
Comment posted April 14, 2010 @ 8:18 pm

Border security is not enough. We need strong interior enforcement. E-verify should be performed by ALL employers, The IRS and SSA should report to Homeland Security all residents using false social security numbers (SSN) and multiple uses of a single legitimate SSN.


Jordan
Comment posted April 14, 2010 @ 8:20 pm

Actually I do have to disagree there:
I am a democrat – first of all.

Illegal immigrants should be, by US law, deported, back to their country, because they are… illegal immigrants – this isn't a civil rights issue this is an issue of “You are in this country without the proper process – go home, and don't come back until you have gone through the process to become a citizen.”

This is how I feel. Every time I see the day laborers I just wish there was an INF office near me (I'm in NY so… not many) just so I could tell them “I need 10 guys who can paint!” and then drive them to the INF to be arrested.

Most Americans DO feel this way.

I will say though, that I am for them BECOMING citizens – I have no issue with this! By all means, help them become us citizens… TAX PAYING US citizens! that way, they are at least helping the country overcome our debt. I have NO PROBLEM with making as many illegal immigrants legal us citizens as possible… we could use the tax revenue!


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miguel
Comment posted April 14, 2010 @ 10:19 pm

BUT PASSING THAT BILL WILL DO NO GOOD BECAUSE IF THEY SENT THOUSAND OF ILLEGALS BACK TO GUATEMALA MEXICO CUBA AND OTHER LATIN COUNTRY'S BECAUSE ITS NOT ONLY MEXICANS WERE TALKING ABOUT HERE THERES DIFFERENT TYPES OF ILLEGALS EVEN NON LATINS ARE ILLEGAL. BUT THEY SEND THEM BACK TO THEIR COUNTRY BUT WHILE THERE SENDING THEM BACK A ANOTHER THOUSAND WILL BE CROSSING SO ITS WORTHLESS I AM TOTALLY AGAINST IT.. THATS WHAT THEY CALL FREEDOM


miguel
Comment posted April 14, 2010 @ 10:22 pm

CALIFORNIA IS LOOSING JOBS WHY BECAUSE THEY ARE DEPORTING ARIZONA LOOKS ALL NASTY BECAUSE IT DOESN'T LIKE HISPANICS ARIZONA YOU CANT DEAL WITH LATINOS WHY BECAUSE THEY DO ALL THE WORK YOU DON'T WANT TO DO YOU CANT HANDLE THE TRUTH


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TheOneOne1
Comment posted April 15, 2010 @ 4:45 pm

Let's start with who are you asking to provide that paperwork? It certainly won't be asked of those who are white and/or affluent.


bogheathen
Comment posted April 15, 2010 @ 4:47 pm

I've never, ever, ever been stopped by the police, border patrol, immigration officials, etc. WITHOUT being asked for my papers.


bogheathen
Comment posted April 15, 2010 @ 4:49 pm

And I'm white as the driven snow. I'm not complaining… that's just my cross to bear.


TheOneOne1
Comment posted April 15, 2010 @ 5:01 pm

So when you get stopped by the police, you are asked to see a birth certificate or passport? I disbelieve. I believe you are getting a lot of mileage by using the deliberately vague term “papers.”

And really, the last thing I want is for non-white folks to be less willing to talk to local law enforcement, as that makes it harder for them to enforce *actual* crimes.


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jeannehinson
Comment posted April 21, 2010 @ 7:17 pm

I have lived in Tucson most of my 57 years, I have been replaced in many restaurant's by illegals who will work longer hours for less money. I was grateful when those business's began to get fined for this practice. Server's work for less than half minimum wage, and hope tips get them that high. Learning another language, (russian at one restaurant) in order to communicate with an AMERICAN business was insane. I have no problem with people from other countries coming over here for whatever the reason, I hate the illegals, from whatever country.


al
Comment posted April 22, 2010 @ 5:42 pm

Everyone got used to all the blacks. Now get used to everyone else and stfu.


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