The Washington Independent
The Washington Independent

The Next Arizona

Last updated: July 31, 2020 | October 28, 2010 | Frazer Pugh

After Arizona passed its crackdown law on illegal immigration, SB 1070, politicians across the country said they planned to introduce similar legislation in their states — even after the Justice Department sued Arizona for overstepping its authority to police immigration. Via Immigration Impact, pro-immigration business coalition Immigration Works USA released a report on which states are most likely to go through with their plans. Based on past enforcement policies and Republican support, four states were deemed likely to pass copycat laws: Georgia, Mississippi, Oklahoma and South Carolina.

In total, though, the group points to 25 states that could pass Arizona-style immigration laws — up from recent claims by pro-enforcement groups that 22 states are considering anti-illegal immigration legislation.

Georgia is listed as a likely SB 1070 copier because of its past support for tough immigration enforcement, such as the 2006 Georgia Security and Immigration Compliance Act, which made it harder for illegal immigrants to access state benefits. More recently, the state restricted access for undocumented immigrants to some of its public universities. Still, immigrant rights and Latino groups are pushing back, including with a lawsuit filed earlier this month against the 287 (g) program, which allows local police to take on immigration enforcement under a deal with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Mississippi is one of four states that mandates the use of E-Verify, an employee verification system that has drawn criticism for errors that keep legal immigrants and citizens from working. Since 2011 is an election year in the state and a large Tea Party movement supports immigration enforcement bills, lawmakers may make an aggressive push for SB 1070-style legislation this year.

Oklahoma has already passed harsh immigration laws and is one of four states with policies that allow them to fast-track deportation for undocumented prisoners. Most anti-illegal immigration laws in the state were spearheaded by state Rep. Randy Terrill (R). One was overturned by a federal appeals court in February, but Terrill has said he hopes to introduce a follow-up bill and promised his immigration legislation would be “Arizona-plus.”

South Carolina lawmakers were among the first to say they would try to copy Arizona’s law, although they did not introduce legislation before their session ended in June. Even after a federal judge blocked key provisions of SB 1070 in July, South Carolina legislators said they would continue their plan to introduce tough anti-immigration bill in the next session.

The report puts 14 states on its “maybe” list: Tennessee, Nebraska, Florida, Pennsylvania, Texas, Arkansas, Indiana, Colorado, Minnesota, Virginia, Idaho, Missouri, Kansas and Utah, where lawmakers have proposed both heightened enforcement bills and bills to deal with legal immigration and the undocumented immigrants already in the state.

In the “less likely” category: Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio and Rhode Island.

Frazer Pugh | I work in the investment management sector as a professional. Previously, I advised top financial services companies on balance sheet management, portfolio planning, and valuations as a consultant. I am currently pursuing a part-time MBA at Melbourne University, where I am a lecturer in accounting and hedge fund strategies, as well as a mentor/coach in a part-time equity analysis initiative. I have a bachelor's degree in economics, a master's degree in finance, and am a Chartered Accountant. I enjoy instructing and assisting others in achieving their objectives.


Rep. Patrick McHenry: Please, Conservatives, Fill Out Your Census Forms!

The conservative congressman from North Carolina, a constant critic of the census -- one of the people who sounded the alarm about politicization when the

Rep. Paul Ryan to deliver SOTU response

Chairman of the House Budget Committee Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) will deliver the Republican response to the State of the Union Tuesday, according to Mike Allen

Rep. Parker Griffith (R-Ala.)

One of the most conservative Democrats in the House -- a freshman who said he couldn’t support Nancy Pelosi again -- is going to switch over to the GOP. Josh

Rep. Paulsen allies with medical device industry to relax FDA oversight

Source: Flickr; Republicanconference ( On the heels of the Minnesota Independent story last week about U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen’s cozy financial relationship with the medical device industry, the New York Times reported Tuesday that some health professionals are alarmed by Paulsen’s push to relax Food and Drug Administration (FDA) oversight

Rep. Paulsen, Karl Rove the latest to get ‘glittered’

Rep. Erik Paulsen and former Bush staffer Karl Rove were both showered with glitter at the Midwest Leadership Conference Friday

Rep. Peace, ACLU seek investigation of soldier’s allegations of racial discrimination in Afghanistan

Both Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM) and the American Civil Liberties Union agree: There needs to be an investigation into Spc.

Rep. Paulsen touts balanced budget constitutional amendment

In a post for the conservative blog True North , U.S. Rep

Rep. Perlmutter criticizes House measure that would eliminate 800K federal jobs

Congressman Ed Perlmutter today issued a scathing statement criticizing the House of Representatives for passing a spending bill that could put nearly a million federal employees out of work. The Colorado delegation voted strictly on party lines, with all four Republicans voting in favor of the bill and the three Democrats voting in opposition. Perlmutter’s statement: “My number one priority is to get people back to work because that’s the best thing we can do to pay our debt and move forward toward economic stability

Rep. Pete Hoekstra Bashes Global Currency

I was just talking to Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.), who’s leaving Congress to run for governor of Michigan, about his proposed Parental Rights Amendment—a

Rep. Pete Hoekstra Surging in Michigan Gubernatorial Bid

The ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee -- you couldn’t flip on a TV without seeing him in the aftermath of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab’s botched

Rep. Pete Stark Won’t Dignify Constituent by, er, Micturating Upon His Leg

In the tradition of Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), California Democratic Rep. Pete Stark revealed at a recent town hall gathering that there are limits to what

© Copyright 2021 The Washington Independent All Rights Reserved

Terms & Privacy |