Arizona lawmakers on Tuesday passed one of the toughest pieces of immigration-enforcement legislation in the country, which would make it a violation of state law to be in the U.S. without proper documentation.
Furthermore as an asset to the “Team USA” attitude that exists in the Great State of Arizona this law would also grant police the power to stop and verify the immigration status of anyone they suspect of being illegal.
Although the legislation still needs Governor Jan Brewer’s signature, we all must remember that Gov. Brewer is very much ‘tough of illegal immigration’ as evidenced by her calling up Arizona’s National Guard to assist in border measures.
Under the measure, passed Tuesday by Arizona’s lower house, after being passed earlier by the state Senate, foreign nationals are required to carry proof of legal residency.
|Immigrants’ rights groups roundly criticized the bill. “The objective is to make life miserable for immigrants so that they leave the state,” said Chris Newman, general counsel for the Los Angeles-based National Day Laborer Organizing Network. “The bill constitutes a complete disregard for the rights of nonwhites in Arizona. It effectively mandates racial profiling.” Hogwash! Bull squat by the barrel! If for only once there is a state seeing to the needs of its citizens, for Chris Newman to disagree under the disguise of “racial profiling” is abhorrent and utterly sickening.|
In a statement, Tuesday Rep. John Kavanagh (R-Fountain Hills) called the measure “a comprehensive immigration enforcement bill that addresses the concerns of our communities, constituents and colleagues.” The bill in some ways toughens up a situation that the Obama administration had tried to roll back. Under a program known as 287g, some local law enforcement agencies were trained to enforce federal immigration laws by checking suspects’ immigration status.
Some source work for this article was magnificently reported in the Wall Street Journal by Miriam Jordan. (Please feel free to contact Ms. Jordon here.)