Skip to comments.Anger as Arizona lawmakers pass immigration bill
Posted on 04/14/2010 1:35:43 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
LOS ANGELES (AFP) Immigrant rights groups Wednesday slammed Arizona lawmakers after they approved a bill which will allow police officers to determine whether suspects are in the United States legally.
Arizona's House of Representatives passed the bill by a margin of 35 votes to 21 during a session on Tuesday, the legislature's website showed, mirroring a similar measure passed by the border state's Senate earlier this year.
The bill will now proceed to Arizona's Republican Governor Jan Brewer to be signed into law.
The bill makes it a misdemeanor offense for an individual to lack proper immigration paperwork and also allows police officers to determine someone's immigration status if they believe he or she could be an illegal immigrant.
Currently police can only ask about an individual's immigration status if they are suspected of involvement in another crime.
However critics say the bill will transform Arizona into a "police state" and even sections of law enforcement have voiced fears it could harm relations between police and the immigrant community.
Chris Newman, Legal Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, which campaigns on behalf of day laborers in the United States, called on Governor Brewer to veto the bill, which he described as "odious" and "unwise."
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If the Governor signs it into law I may move back to Arizona.
A step in the right direction
Does this mean that as an American citizen, I have to carry my papers if I travel to Arizona?
Couldn’t the article just as well have reported on happiness over the law?
Oh no, it’s so mean to enforce the law. We are angry.
It’s not fair that I can no longer come into the United States illegally. I thought we were free to illegally do what we want.
Send them packing and put up a fence to keep them out!
The correct headline should be:
“Joy as Arizona lawmakers pass immigration bill”
Sad that a border state has to try and enforce the U.S. border and the law because the national government won’t.
Plus, as an added bonus, you might get the opportunity to vote against McCain!
Did I read that right?
It’s a “misdemeanor”?
They’re breaking federal law - deport them.
I think the happiness far outweighs the anger. I don’t live in Az, but it’s even obvious to me.
for the first time in my life, i’m proud of my state! (just kidding)
in spite of all the bad stuff happening nationally, this is great news...i’m thrilled with this legislation and the constitutional carry legislation...way to go AZ!
“a misdemeanor offense “
Ya mean. like jaywalking?
Arizona is racist? Who’d a thunk it?
I choose their definition of "Police State" over "Mexican State" any day.
“Immigrant rights groups Wednesday slammed Arizona lawmakers after they approved a bill which will allow police officers to determine whether suspects are in the United States legally.”
Yeah, can’t have the cops determining if they are lawbreakers or not.
All members of the so called “immigrant rights” groups should be immediately deported to their country of origin or ancestor’s origin.
I think this will not much impact those who speak english as a first language.
Making ILLEGALS return to their LEGAL home.
An outrageous idea in our age of lawlessness.
BTW, I don't believing in splitting up families either.
Allow the ILLEGAL ones to take the whole family back with them. Then they won't be split up.
GOOD for Arizona. God willing, the American people are getting upset enough to do something about illegals invading and infesting our country.
If you drive there, you'd be obligated to possess a driver's license. Same as if you went to Mexico (where travel insurance and a passport for return would be required too).
This is great because Amnesty McCain looks like the EVIL a*s that he is. Is Jan Brewer going to sign it?
'RAT politicians and these "immigrant rights" clowns really crack me up. Our unemployment rate here is 9.7.
Everyone I know here in Arizona is absolutely ecstatic over this law.
Immigration attorney, Chris Newman, who works for the National Day Laborer Organizing Network.
Arizona lawmakers approve strict immigration law ... to make life miserable for immigrants so that they leave the state," said Chris Newman
I was just curious about the wording.
Brewer is expected to sign it.
Another piece of legislation coming is making La Raza studies illegal in schools.
misdemeanor allows them to arrest the illegal, fingerprint them, and hand them over to the feds to deport as criminals.
The left decries the state nullification movement as “secessionist” or “seditious”,
but they don’t bat an eye at La Raza saying they
are going to “take back” the entire western part
of the USA.
You poor, poor people. Just imagine - wages going up, and plenty of jobs available to Americans who want to work! What will you do with this economic devastation?
BTW... I hear there are around 460,000 illegals in AZ. I wonder how that will impact unemployment and other spending. Something people don’t think about is how much money is sent to foreign countries and not spent in the state. Then there is the money spent on education and on health care and accidents, etc.
Should be interesting to see what happens. don’t these laws kick in in 90 days?
This is going to make the illegal immigration lobby so angry that they will all vote Democrat. And not just once either! < / sarcasm >
The neat thing about this is
that they won’t have to deport but half a percent
of them, and 90% of the rest will simply leave.
Good deal,, why should parents and taxpayers support “curriculum” that seek to eventually overthrow our sovereign claim to the continent.
A large number left when the employer sanction law was passed. The community college lost students and now there are schools that are being closed because of the enrollment drops. It was also said that traffic to Mexico increased as well as people going to the Mexican consulate to make arrangements to get their kids enrolled in school in Mexico. Then there were those who went to Texas....
This is good news. Joy is the correct adjective. Sheriff Joe has one more law on his side. Hahahaha.
Oh goody they will probably be heading for Texas. Just what we need.
Note to Chris Newman: Get used to disappointment.
Awesome. Great job AZ. Now dump McCain. I think the passage of this law exposes McCain.
I can’t wait to hear about the first “Born in East LA” situation to hit the news!
Are you driving without a license? I don't think you can travel without one anymore, maybe you could hitch hike, but that is illegal too.
If you are a short dark skinned guy tieh black hair who hangs on street corners waiting for a pick up to come along and day hire ya, then it may be a good diea.
“Immigrant rights groups”
These people are controlling the argument by controlling the language - as usual.
They are NOT “Immigrant Rights Groups”. The people they advocate for are not “immigrants” - they are illegal invaders.
“Immigrants” come here legally, obey our laws and become citizens by waiting in line and doing whatever they are required to do legally.
These “groups” are about illegal invaders - foreigners who violate our borders and laws - regardless of reason, and come here demanding the same rights as legal immigrants and American Citizens.
Yes, only you have to carry your papers in Arizona. Nobody else.
Better wait on the Governor, before getting wee, weed up. Any hints on whether it will be signed into law?
This is minor compared to the homes that are ransacked and vehicles that are stolen. My son had a brand new Ford 250 HD Edition pickup stolen. It was found a couple weeks later totaled out in an arroyo. The "coyotes" make one "run" with the vehicles they steal and then dump the destroyed vehicle. Two months later, his home was ransacked by illegals. Last month, the home of his friend was ransacked. I guess it's all part of that "diversity" thing.
Just think of the cost reductions in the AHCCCS program and school systems. This works for me!
I applaud Arizona...Keep up the good work!