Although the new Arizona Senate Bill 1070 has about seven weeks remaining before going into effect, it seems to be having an impact ahead of schedule. With student enrollment dropping in some areas and Hispanic businesses slowing down, it appears evident that the bill’s sponsor, GOP State Sen. Russell Pearce of Mesa, is already achieving the goal he and other supporters had in mind.
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer welcomed the news that President Barack Obama plans to send as many as 1,200 National Guardsmen to Southwest states help patrol the U.S. border with Mexico, but said more troops are needed, along with $750 million to reimburse the state for illegal immigrants who have spent time in Arizona's jails and prisons.
On May 17, four young immigrant students staged a sit-in at Senator John McCain’s Tucson Office. The students were demanding that McCain support federal legislation to allow illegal immigrants who had been brought to America as children to have a path to citizenship. The New York Times championed these four young adults for risking criminal sanctions and deportation, citing the new law in Arizona which requires that federal immigration laws be enforced.
Attorney General Eric Holder’s declaration to ABC News that Arizona’s recently enacted anti-illegal immigration law (S.B. 1070) is “not racist in its motivation,” may signal the Obama Administration’s intent to ratchet down the reckless rhetoric with regard to the country’s immigration policy, specifically S.B. 1070.
In October 2007, illegal immigrant Cecil Harvey was deported to his native country of Barbados. Because the former Brooklyn resident was held on Rikers Island for more than a month prior to his deportation, as opposed to the standard two day detention, he filed suit, claiming his “civil rights” to be violated. In 2009, New York City settled Harvey’s suit with $145,000 of taxpayer’s money.
Perhaps Charles Krauthammer has lunched one too many times with Linda Chavez, but he’s starting to sound more like Harry Reid than the conservative standard bearer he’s reputed to be. On the O’Reilly Factor this on May 4, he supported a “path to citizenship” for illegals, otherwise known as amnesty.
AP news reported on May 1 that “tens of thousands of protesters” — including 50,000 alone in Los Angeles — had rallied in cities nationwide demanding that President Barack Obama immediately tackle immigration reform. The report described those engaged in the protests as having been “angered by a controversial Arizona immigration law.”
In the days that have followed the enactment by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer of the Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act, repercussions have sounded throughout the nation and the world. Legislators and larks have decried the decision by the people of the Grand Canyon State and their elected representatives to proactively enforce existing federal immigration laws, thus beginning the burdensome process of retarding the unlawful invasion of the United States from across the porous southern border. Lawsuits and lamentations dog the new law set to go into effect by the first of August.
The state of Alabama offers driver's license tests in Japanese, Korean, German, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, French, Greek, Russian, Spanish, Thai, and Vietnamese. And English. Tim James, a Republican candidate for Governor, says that's 12 languages too many.
Tony Estrada is a cop’s cop. For 43 years he has protected and served the citizens of Santa Cruz County and Nogales, Arizona. For 25 years he was a Nogales City police officer, and for the past 18 years, he has served as sheriff of Santa Cruz County. Sheriff Estrada proudly claims to be the state’s only Hispanic sheriff, but he quickly asserts that his ethnicity is not the reason he opposes Arizona’s new anti-illegal immigration law, SB 1070.
President Barack Obama on Friday took aim at Arizona's strict new law aimed at curbing the flood of illegal immigrants in the state, calling the state legislation an example of "irresponsibility." Obama called on Congress to pass "comprehensive immigration reform" during a White House naturalization ceremony for 24 members of America's armed forces.