Arizona's New Wave of Anti-Immigration Bills

Friday, February 25, 2011

Almost a year ago, key parts of Arizona's controversial immigration enforcement law SB 1070 were declared unconstitutional by a federal judge. But this week, more than a dozen anti-immigration bills were introduced in the state. One bill would allow Arizona to build its own wall between it and Mexico. Another would require hospitals to check the legal status of patients. And the bill’s supporters are hoping that this time around, they can face down the feds by asserting state’s rights. 

Illegal immigrants would be barred from driving in the state, enrolling in school or receiving most public benefits. Their children would receive special birth certificates that would make clear that the state does not consider them Arizona citizens. Christopher "Buzz" Conover, reporter at KUAT Public Radio, joins us from Tucson. 


Christopher "Buzz" Conover

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Valerie Lapinski

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Brittanicus from Indianapolis, IN

States should are striving to set-up their own immigration laws, now when it became more discernible that the Federal government is living up to its own policies or completing the border fence amongst other things. Arizona was the first to distinguish this as their great State was first to be overrun by non-English speaking aliens, scrambling for support from Public services. In Contrast is the Sanctuary State of California; the Grand Canyon State never had the financial resources to honor the unfunded federal mandates. Foreign nationals slipped through the border bringing their unborn babies with them, to become a major burden on frontier States, because the courts had said we must monetary pander to anybody who steps on our soil. That's why the Border States schools are heavily populated with the offspring of illegal aliens, relieving their own countries from educating them; bringing even more poverty to America.

In border States and throughout the country, almost unfunded mandated laws that emergency rooms must give health treatment to anybody who walks through the doors regardless whether they can pay or not; over 60 hospitals and clinics closed their doors, because of insufficient funds to cover the enormous costs in California and Nevada. Judges in the last decade have warned the California prison system that they need to alleviate overcrowding, which is full of illegal alien gangs and some of the most dangerous criminals spawned from the Hispanic countries. Southwestern States have been crippled by the unparalleled migration costing legal citizens and permanent residents hundreds of billions of dollars every year. The new arrivals are nothing like 20th century immigrants coming through Ellis Island, NY or Galveston, Texas as no Social Services existed back then.

Today--impoverished illegal aliens are gutting the welfare system; bringing record numbers of deadly criminals and terrorist from further afield. Business interests in many States have brought politicians, so the border still remains open to some extent, as with silent corruption of underfunding the 2006 Secure Fencing Act within months of being enacted. Keeping the border open and over-stretching the limited resources of US agents patrol ling this war zone is an incessant nightmare. Continually harassed by rock throwing thugs or as now guns aimed at these relentless border protectors; have now been overrun by drug cartels that kill without conscience. The border region once a place of desolate enjoyment, with the sound of high winging birds is now no place for American environmentalist, as large areas of territory are covered with the remnants of human waste, the dregs left by illegal nationals slipping through barriers in some places; barricaded with just a few strands of rusty barbed wire or in locations where no fence exists.

Feb. 25 2011 03:10 PM
Brittanicus from Indianapolis, IN

There is no quick fix to this silent invasion that has taken at least two decades, to bring millions of foreigners across our borders or arriving by jet with no intentions of returning to Europe, Asia other continents. Now we must go the distance by joining the TEA Party. We can hold both the Democrats-Liberals and Republicans accountable for the years of abandonment, spending taxpayers money on millions of foreign nationals instead of our infrastructure and the well being of real Americans of every color, race or religion. Arizona's political leadership finally had devoured enough rhetoric from the powers in Washington, stating that the destitute, uneducated was for the greater good of each States economies; except that illegal aliens was just eroding the safety-net and prospective retirement for senior Americans.

Finally, one decent State not mired in political regression or union interference, who have quietly been catering to illegal immigrants in their midst, so to fortify their dwindling numbers have large numbers in their membership. Assessed their rising financial damage Arizona State Senator Pierce and his Republican retinue authored their own immigration laws, as the federal government just refused to do so. Now undaunted by being sued by Obama's Department of Justice Czar in the Washington, has shown other States that the DOJ is a lost cause. He is like a mentor for all States who like so many less aggressive. As the political statesman in Washington mull over their own paramount issues, like funding two foreign wars and their satellite military bases, along monolithic spending to satisfy the industrial base and bailout financial institutions. Less qualified to handle large flows of illegal immigrants, have tested their leadership by enacting its own enforcement laws, such as Utah, Georgia and many other States in far corners of the US. Those States that remains indifferent to The People's need for relief from supporting illegal foreign families, will be doomed to higher taxes, spiraling crime and the attenuate of their states treasuries. Every State that wants to defend and protect its legal inhabitants needs to mandate nationwide policing laws E-Verify, 287 (G) and Secure Communities to safeguard America's people.

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Feb. 25 2011 03:09 PM

I notice the code language term "states rights" is used. Didn't the states ratify the Constitution and the states created the federal government and not the other way around? In 1957, President Eisenhower deployed the 82nd Airbourne to desegregate a school in Little Rock, AK because the state government refused to enforce the local law. Today in Arizona the state authorities are enforcing the law that the federal government refuses to enforce properly.

Feb. 25 2011 12:58 PM
Joe from Detroit

'blatentaly unconstitutional' bills will waste tens of millions of dollars. I hope the AZ taxpayers don't mind spending this kind of cash simply to make the rounds on conservative talk shows.

Feb. 25 2011 09:33 AM
Richard Grayson from Apache Junction, AZ

In response to the irresponsible, agenda-driven legislature, many in the state are now advocating separation of the non-moronic parts of the current state into a new state of sanity, Baja Arizona. There is a committee called Start Our State, which has aroused enormous interest.

I was a Green Party candidate for Congress last year, and my group, Pinal County Greens, have endorsed severing the state in two and the creation of the new democratic state of Baja Arizona.

Feb. 25 2011 07:28 AM
Vickie from USA

Please, if you are going to print articles, don't overlook something as elementary as anti-illegal migrants instead of anti-immigration.

Feb. 25 2011 07:13 AM

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