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Illegal Immigrants On Move Again

A “no-alien” sticker sits affixed to a cautionary sign warning motorists of people running across the lanes of a freeway that parallels the border Tuesday in San Diego. After a dropoff during the recession, illegal immigrants seeking to sneak across the U.S. border may be ready to move again, according to a new study released Tuesday. Economic Times story here. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Question: Do you think the new, divided Congress has the will to deal with illegal immigration?

Labrador, Spanish Broadcaster Mix It Up

First District GOP nominee Raul Labrador told an incredulous Jorge Ramos that 11 million illegal immigrants should return to their home countries and apply for readmission. Labrador appeared Sunday on Univision’s “Al Punto” (“To the Point”), the network’s equivalent of “Meet the Press” and other Sunday public affairs programs. Univision is the No. 5 TV network in the U.S. and reaches 95 percent of the 48 million Hispanics in the country. “Al Punto” draws an average of 948,000 viewers and draws more adults aged 18 to 49 than “Fox News Sunday”/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Is illegal immigration an issue for you in the 1st Congressional District race?

Otter Now Sides w/Arizona Law

Gov. Butch Otter has changed his tone about Arizona’s controversial immigration law. Today, he announced that Idaho has filed a “friend of the court” brief backing Arizona in its defense of the law. “State officials have the right under existing federal law to identify illegal aliens and report them to federal authorities,” Otter said today. “It’s our affirmative duty to protect states’ rights, and that’s particularly important when a lawsuit seeks to punish a state for doing what the federal government has failed to do – protect our borders and American citizens.” In May, Otter criticized Congress for failing to resolve the immigration crisis, but questioned whether police officers could enforce the Arizona law without violating civil liberties. “It would take a person, I suspect, bigger than I not to immediately begin to profile”/Kevin Richert, Idaho Statesman. More here. (AP file photo of supporter at pro-Arizona immigration law in Phoenix earllier this summer)

Question: Is Otter playing politics, attempting to tap into the deep-seated concern among Idahoans re: illegal immigration? Or has he had a change of heart?

Nonini Working On Immigration Law

One state lawmaker wants to bring Arizona’s new illegal immigration laws that have sparked a federal lawsuit north to Idaho.  Rep. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d’Alene, is working with other north Idaho lawmakers on adapting the Arizona laws to Idaho. “It’s pretty much the Arizona bill that’s raised all this controversy, but I think it’s a good bill obviously,” Nonini told  “If the federal government isn’t going to go out and enforce their own policies, as they’re not in Arizona, then the states sure need to defend their borders.” The proposed laws would allow police to check the citizenship of anyone they think might be in the country illegally if they have been detained for another possible offense.  The legislation also allows citizens to sue cities and counties for not enforcing federal immigration laws/Brad Iverson-Long, Idaho Reporter. More here.

Question: Is the Idaho Legislature ready to pass stronger laws against illegal immigration?

Simpson Backs Arizona Immigration Law

A state-by-state solution is not the “ultimate solution” to the immigration problem, says Rep. Mike Simpson. Nonetheless, the Idaho Republican is siding with Arizona in its court battle with the U.S. Justice Department. He is writing a court brief siding with the state — and its strict immigration law. “The Arizona situation is an example of what happens when the federal government fails to secure our borders or address illegal immigration,” Simpson said today/Kevin Richert, Statesman. More info.

Question: Richert adds a quote in which Demo Walt Minnick expresses his opposition to the try by the U.S. Justice Department to stop the Arizona law from taking effect. What do you think of this bipartisan support for the Arizona law from Idaho’s congressmen?

HBO Poll: Fed Suit Vs. Arizona Wrong

  • Tuesday Poll: 151 of 219 respondents (69%) said they oppose action taken by the federal government to sue to stop the state of Arizona from enforcing new illegal immigration laws. Only 63 of 219 (29%) supported the action taken by the U.S. Department of Justice. 5 of 219 (2%) were undecided.
  • BSU’s Smurf Turf: 217 of 311 respondents (70%) said they didn’t like the blue turf on the Boise State University football field. Only 88 of 311 (28%) said they liked the Smurf Turb. 6 of 311 (2%) were undecided.
  • Today’s Poll: Is Kootenai County right to fight the Coeur d’Alene Tribe’s attempt to place 143 acres in trust land status, over $9900 in lost property taxes?

HBO Poll: No To GOP Platform

  • Thursday’s Poll: A plurality of 73 of 181 respondents (40%) chose none of the above when asked which of 6 controversial planks from the Idaho GOP platform that they supported. Only 5 of 181 (3%) responded “all of the above.” Among individual planks that did receive backing, 54 of 181 respondents (30%) supported a call for an illegal immigration law like Arizona’s; 20 (11%) 10th amendment sovereignty; 17 (9%) transgender marriage ban; 5 (3%) loyalty oath; 4 (2%) paying taxes w/gold or silver; and 3 (2%) repeal of 17th amendment.
  • Today’s Poll: Does Idaho need an illegal immigration law as tough as Arizona’s?

Edit: Idaho Doesn’t Need Arizona Law

Does Idaho need an Arizona-style law that compels police officers to check immigration status, if they suspect they have stopped, detained or arrested an illegal alien? A law that legitimizes racial profiling and may well violate Fourth Amendment protections against illegal searches? No. For many good reasons, and one as easy to read as a map. Geography. However ill-founded, Arizona’s immigration law responds to an indisputably pressing problem. Arizona shares a 370-mile southern border with Mexico, and nearly 500,000 illegal aliens live in the state. Stop and think about that second number. An Ada County’s worth of illegal aliens, with 100,000 or so on top of that. Idaho’s illegal immigration issues simply aren’t of the same magnitude. Idaho has no reason - or excuse - to follow Arizona’s misguided path/Kevin Richert, Idaho Statesman. More here. (AP Photo: Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio at a press conference re: Arizona illegal immigration law.)

Question: Do you think that Idaho needs an immigration law similar to Arizona’s?

Jorgenson Wants Immigration Reform

It’s an Arizona law that one Idaho senator wants to copy. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed into law the nation’s toughest legislation against illegal immigration Friday, a measure that supporters said would take handcuffs off police but which opponents said could violate people’s civil rights. Among the bill’s proponents is Sen. Mike Jorgenson, who has worked with the bill’s sponsor, Arizona Sen. Russell Pearce, on immigration legislation for Idaho. The Hayden Lake Republican has unsuccessfully pitched local immigration legislation but said Arizona’s law could create enough momentum to push those proposals through next year/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d’Alene Press. More here.

Question: Why hasn’t a conservative state with an overwhelmingly Republican Legislature not embraces Jorgenson’s attempt to rein in illegal immigration?

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