Posts tagged: illegal immigration
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?
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 IdahoReporter.com. “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?
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?
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?