Sheriff Joe: “We will enforce existing immigration laws.”
Is it that simple?
Why is “continue” in my tagline suddenly highlighted?
A bug in the system?
If I understand it correctly, Sheriff Joe has to hand over any illegals they find to the feds. Now it just means that they’ll check to see how long they’ve been in the country and if it’s long enough they’ll issue a work permit for them and let them go. Whereas before now they just let them go to be caught again.
But I grant that I don’t understand what the new Arizona law impacts. I know it involves whether they can require proof of legal residency. But I don’t think a state is able to deport people. Somebody correct me if I’m mistaken on that. If states can’t deport, then the feds have a monopoly on this whole issue and we will NEVER get immigration law enforced until we’ve got people in ICE who obey the laws.