One of the most significant issues to arise in the immigration debate is the question of illegal immigrants utilizing taxpayer-funded social and human services that they are not legally entitled to, and that they do not contribute to, as illegal immigrants do not pay taxes that are used to finance such programs.
Arizona has once again flexed its federalist muscle in defense of its state's rights against a federal government weak on immigration. Acknowledging that the federal government will not perform its constitutional and legal duty to defend the borders of the United States against the onslaught of foreign invasion — the constant influx of immigrants illegally entering the United States — the Grand Canyon State, under the stalwart leadership of Republican Governor Jan Brewer, has taken numerous steps toward safeguarding the border it shares with Mexico.
The biennial meeting of the Texas State Legislature always promises to be the best entertainment in town, and this year’s free-for-all is no exception. Republican State Representative Lois Kolkhorst from tiny Brenham, Texas filed a bill yesterday which, if passed, would give state law enforcement officers a new way to help enforce federal immigration laws. This slightly unusual proposal is not without some Texas-style humor.
Conservative lawmakers in Arizona have fired another salvo in the battle against illegal immigration. Legislation pending before a committee in the Arizona Senate would require hospitals to determine the immigration status of patients.
Arizona has launched a counteroffensive against the Obama administration’s legal attack to halt the state’s legislative effort to close its border with Mexico and stop the tsunami of illegal aliens breaking Arizona’s budget and preying upon its residents who live on the border.
Roger Barnett, the rancher in Douglas, Ariz., ordered on Feb. 3 to pay $87,000 to illegal aliens he detained at gunpoint on his property, says he will appeal the ruling, which came from the notoriously left-wing Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
As one of her first official acts, New Mexico's new Republican Governor Susana Martinez issued an executive order rescinding illegal immigrants' sanctuary from investigation of their legal status when they commit crimes in the state — a sanctuary that her predecessor, Governor Bill Richardson, had created, also by an executive order.
Although much of the American debate over illegal immigration centers of the flood of Mexicans who are violating federal law to seek residency within the United States, the invasion pouring over the southern border is not limited to Mexicans — or other citizens of Central and South American countries. In the lingo of the U.S. Border Patrol, OTMs (“Other Than Mexicans”) make up a significant portion of those individuals who are smuggled across the U.S.-Mexico border, and now a radical Muslim cleric has been found among their ranks. According to press reports, Said Jaziri was smuggled across the border near San Diego for the modest cost of $5,000.
Fox News reported on January 28 that every year, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials close hundreds of sham "schools" serving as fronts for illegal immigration operations. And when they do, thousands of foreign nationals, who paid "tuition" in exchange for student visas, are left in a helpless situation, and founders of these alleged "schools" are put behind bars.
The number of immigration and drug cases along the U.S.-Mexico border has reached such a serious level that the need for federal judges in Texas and other border states is desperate. On Jan. 17, the Houston Chronicle reported that federal officials are now calling it a judicial emergency.
An Arizona-style immigration bill passed the Mississippi State Senate on Tuesday and could have law enforcement officers checking the immigration status of persons during any lawful stop. The Jackson Clarion-Ledger reported on Jan. 19, that in the Democrat-controlled House, Judiciary A Committee Chairman Ed Blackmon (D-Canton) said he’s not sure which committee will get Senate Bill 2179, so its fate remains unclear.