Friday, April 23, 2010

Governor Brewer sign Arizona immigration bill in law

Arizona Republic: Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer today signed into law an immigration bill that gives the state toughest law in the nation, making it a state crime to be in the country illegally and requiring local police to enforce federal immigration laws.
Brewer said she signed the bill in response to "the crisis the federal government has refused to fix.'' […]
The new immigration law will require anyone whom police suspect of being in the country illegally to produce "an alien registration document," such as a green card, or other proof of citizenship such as a passport or Arizona driver's license.It also makes it illegal to impede the flow of traffic by picking up day laborers for work. A day laborer who gets picked up for work, thus impeding traffic, would also be committing a criminal act.[…]
"I will not tolerate racial discrimination or racial profiling in Arizona," she said.
To assure that doesn't happen, Brewer also issued an executive order that the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board immediately develop a training program to teach law enforcement how to "appropriately implement SenateBill 1070."
"This will include what does and does not constitute reasonable suspicion," she said. [MORE] 
Kudos to Brewer, something had to be done. Violence from Mexico was spilling into Arizona and something had to be done. Both the Republicans and the Democrats have refused to address the immigration issue with common sense. Both parties are more concerned with the political ramifications than the safety of the American citizen. Any government’s first legitimate role is the safety of its citizens and nothing should supercede that priority.

At first I was a little leery of the bill. Giving the police the authority to check people if they have a “reasonable suspicion” that they are illegal, sounded like too much authority for the police. However after reading the bill and Governor Brewer’s request that “reasonable suspicion” be define, I think this bill will do the trick.

Obama’s earlier statement about this being irresponsible is simply absurd. The only thing irresponsible is that the federal government has not secured our southern border as tight as humanly possible. The idea that you must deal with the both border security and the illegal aliens at the same time is false.  Lock down the border first, then can take your time and figure out what to do with the illegal aliens. While you are figuring that out, begin searching for and then immediately deporting the troublemakers.

I think this law is going to work. Unfortunately, it may work too well and create a new hot spot in another border state. As illegal aliens flee Arizona they will simply move to the next weakest link along our border, then look for other border states to adopt similar legislation.

Via: Hot Air


Chris W said...

It is the will of the people of Arizona after all.

A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey finds that 70% of likely voters in Arizona approve of the legislation, while just 23% oppose it.

Eighty-four percent (84%) of Arizona Republicans and 69% of voters not affiliated with either major party in the state favor the new get-tough legislation. Democrats are more closely divided: 51% like the new law, but 43% oppose it.

It's just a shame that it took the senseless murder of Robert Krentz to push this issue to the forefront.

RightKlik said...

Violence at the AZ border with Mexico has become a very serious and frightening problem. The national media have tried to ignore the issue. But the people of Arizona don't have that luxury.

Janelle said...

Well, there are more than a few states fighting Congress and the administration........feeling the pinch of their own constituents would be my guess.

moon816 said...
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moon816 said...

Obama said this is irresponsible! hello what about his Obamacare??! geesh!

Meadow said...

When I traveled outside the US, the first time in 1984 and the second time in 1990, I was told to have my passport in my possession.

If it is required in other countries, why not in the US?

At the times of my travels, Canada didn't count as we could travel through Canada without a passport.

Osumashi Kinyobe said...

Imagine how a legitimate immigrant feels having to start a new life from scratch. He has worked hard to achieve the rights and privileges of a citizen. He must be fuming to think an illegal immigrant is just granted privileges.
Furthermore, illegal immigration = slave trade. These workers are poorly paid and treated and cannot appeal to anyone for help. I am not saying they should be granted ALL the rights and privileges of a citizen as it wouldn't be fair to everyone else. The people the authorities should go after are the ones who hire these illegal immigrants on slave wages.
This law finally addresses some of the problems that have been going on.
Just my thoughts.

Just a conservative girl said...

I will have to read the bill, but to be honest I am a little uncomfortable with "showing your papers". It sounds too Soviet Union for my taste.

The feds need to guard the borders. Mexico is turning into the new Columbia and our citizens shouldn't have to pay the price for it, but showing id makes me uncomfortable.

Anonymous said...

Children are Watching

by stopdainsanity2

When I entered kindergarten – I was put into a class for the mentally retarded. Because my skin was brown my teacher assumed I did not speak English and required special bilingual support which was not available at the time. Yes – I was a Mexican-American citizen child AND I spoke English.

It literally took 2 weeks for my parents to force the school to place me in the mainstream kindergarten class — even though I could respond to questions in English. At the time if was easier for frustrated- overworked teachers (not bad people) to send me to the special needs class – no questions asked – based on my skin color. Although the error was corrected, as a child I never lost the feeling I was not welcomed and somehow my rights as a citizen were not equal to those of white americans. Be careful – children are watching.

Anonymous said...

Illegal immigration is a problem here in Arizona, but this isn't the way to fight it. It's amazing that with all of our resources we couldn't pass a bill to combat illegal immigration that doesn't trample the rights of citizens and legal immigrants.

Russel Pierce, the sponsor of the bill, is a racist who forwarded an article from the neo-Nazi group called the National Alliance:

He's also been photographed with a guy named J.T. Ready, one of the top neo-Nazis in Arizona:

Once is a mistake, twice is an association. This bill was fueled by hate, plain and simple.

So, how will this bill "do the trick"? It will take resources away from the state - time and money to fight the impending lawsuits. Loss in revenue as people and organizations continue to boycott Arizona. It's only a good idea if you're dramatic and reactionary, but when reality sets in we've kicked our own ass.

Anonymous said...

A few years ago, I was doing research on retiring in Mexico. A found a few interesting things in my research.

1. Mexico does not allow non-citizens to own property or land. If a non-citizen buys property, it can be confiscated. Nice!

2. Mexico does not allow non-citizens to protest or speak out politically. If a person who is not a citizen, protests any law, they are promptly kicked out of the country, and deported to their homeland

3. In order to become a citizen, there are a few things (among many) that one has to do: they have to become a Mexican National, which requires one to learn Spanish, live in Mexico as a legal resident for five years, then go through another waiting period of two years or more. Then, after all that (and more), they have to renounce their previous nationality

4. Being born in Mexico (by U.S. citizens), will grant Mexican nationality, but not citizenship. One can possess dual nationality, but not dual citizenship. Furthermore, once a national decides to become a Mexican citizen (which is a person who can vote and hold public office), they must meet the age requirement (age 18), and renounce U.S. citizenship.

I'm sure, with a little more digging, there are more interesting Mexican laws like those outlined above. You will find U.S. immigrants in Mexico have no rights.

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