Arizona Immigration Law Hurts Debate

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Monday, August 02, 2010 at 10:34 am

Politicians on both sides of the aisle have eagerly jumped into the debate over Arizona’s SB 1070 immigration law, and both sides think they can win on the issue. Candidates for Indiana’s Senate seat said they talk to voters about immigration nearly constantly, while California candidates use SB 1070 to appeal to voters. (Sarah Palin entered the fray Sunday when she said Obama lacks “the cojones” to take on illegal immigration the way Arizona did.)

SB 1070 jump-started the national discourse on immigration, but that may not be such a good thing. The Washington Post’s Roberto Suro argued yesterday that SB 1070 is the wrong place to start a productive conversation about immigration reform:

SB 1070 has the potential to have an even greater impact on the debate over immigration, even if it dies in court. The stakes are higher this time. We are into the third year of a brutal economic downturn, and Washington gridlock has had a stranglehold on immigration policy for even longer. [...]

Regardless of how the court battle is resolved, the Arizona law’s likely legacy is a focus on enforcement in the next round of policymaking, plus long arguments over the role of state and local cops. Effective enforcement that deters illegal immigration is essential, but it may be easier to achieve as an outcome rather than a starting point. This is not a semantic difference. Enforcement has been the starting point for almost every immigration debate over the past 30 years, and look where that’s gotten us.

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NumberOne1AZfan
Comment posted August 2, 2010 @ 4:43 pm

Here are the facts per the Federal Govt:
19% of all Hispanics residing in the USA are illegal.
In AZ , 23%-26% are illegal

http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2010/07/1 9/20100719arizona-illegal-immigration-demographi cs.html


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Regardless of the scare tactics of the mainstream media, US FEDERAL LAW requires visitors to the US, whether immigrant or non-immigrant status, to carry documentation of their immigration status with them at all times. The “horror” of Arizona asking people “show me your papers” is not a creation of Arizona, it is a federal law. However, we all expect Obama, Pelosi, and Reid to concoct a way to turn illegal immigrants into Democrat voters as soon as possible, regardless of practical considerations. All Washington politicians care about is protecting and expanding their own power and money.


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