Debate rages over Arizona immigration bill

Saturday, November 30th, 2013 By

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The Arizona immigration bill has been derided by President Obama as misguided. Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Arizona Senate Bill 1070, also known as SB 1070 or the Arizona immigration bill, has caused a firestorm of controversy.  Allegations of racial profiling and discrimination, among other things, have been flung in the debate.  The President of the United States himself condemned it, while his former campaign nemesis John McCain has come out in support of the bill.  The Arizona immigration bill has also drawn the ire of the Catholic Church.  Despite protests on either side of the debate, the fact remains that Arizona will soon need debt management dealing with the problem.

President Obama slams Arizona immigration bill

The President has condemned the Arizona immigration bill, SB 1070, as being “misguided,” as reported by CBS.  He also said the bill could potentially “undermine basic notion of fairness that we cherish as Americans” and that it threatened the public’s trust in law enforcement.  The bill would allow police officers to ask for identification of anyone suspected of a crime they believed to be in the country illegally. The Mexican government has passed a resolution asking for Governor Brewer to not sign the bill, as they believe the bill will be an impetus for discrimination against Hispanics.

John McCain backs bill seemingly reversing course

Senator John McCain, according to a New York Times blog, has voiced his support of the Arizona immigration bill.  Senator McCain had previously adopted stances more favorable to immigrants, and this seems to be a reversal of posture.  In an interview on Fox News, he told Bill O’Reilly that he thought the state was doing what is believed to be the best thing.  The federal government, as he and others have pointed out, has failed to do much about illegal immigration.  The state of Arizona is on the verge of needing money now to deal with illegal immigration in the state.  Arizona officials deal with this problem more than almost any other state.

It all comes down to Gov. Jan Brewer

The Arizona immigration bill is set to go to Governor Jan Brewer’s desk for approval.  There have been repeated calls for her to veto the bill.  The Mexican government, the Bishop of Tuscon and the Archbishop of the Los Angeles Diocese are among the many who are calling for a veto.  Several Latino members of Congress, including Arizona Rep. Raul Grijalva have denounced the bill as racist.  President Obama has announced that he will have staff reviewing the legality of the legislation, should it pass.

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  1. Whitefox10 says:

    To Pete :
    You are way off base ! We have LAWS, these laws have been ignored for way too long ! The good as well as bad come here, all are looking for freebies ! We are about broke here in AZ. Our money is less, we have allowed the drugs, their handlers and the drop houses, to establish themselves. Set up house keeping and take from all of us , or haven't you noticed! I owned a ranch in Tucson I worked hard most of my life, we had Arabian Horses. A great friend of mine and her husband owned the same thing , they lived in DUGLAS, AZ. They being AMERICAN Mexicans, born and raised here, would take in some of the undocumented to work on their ranch. One, was a young man who showed great promise. They not only paid him a wage, they fed him, bought him cloths, most of all they trusted him ! While my friend's husband was away on business, this very same young man came from the bunk house, into her home. He raped her, stabed her to death,stole whatever he found totally destroyed the inside of that home and left. Was never caught! She was 8 months pregnat with their first baby !!
    Now you tell me if we should just ignore the LAWS of this GREAT STATE!!!
    I aplaud Gov. Brewer ! KUDOS FOR YOU on 1070 bill !! Mr. President you should be ashamed of yourself !! YOU don't live here we do ! WE ARE THE PEOPLE ! YOU are WRONG !!

    • Edgar says:

      That incident could of happened to anyone. and anyone could of done it. just because that one time it was a latino doesnt mean that all latinos are that way. if you do the research and find the statistics what race has the biggest percentage on being a rapist, child molester, murderer, serial killer. Most of us latinos do not discriminate becausewe know it not fair to anyone. we did not choose to be born where we did. all we some of this latinos are trying to do is find a better way of life. would you not do the same to help your family if all you would make a week would be 50 or 75 dollars a week. can a family servive on that. im not saying that we should just let immigrants in and out as if america were a hotel im saying america should be more considerate. if they want to reduce the number of immigrants then maybe instead of going overseas to other countries who "have nuclear weapons" when they dont they should help the latin america rise and therefore allowing people to stay in the country that they are proud of. this law does show al kinds of ways how people are going to be discriminated not only are latinos going to be discriminated but all races. one of the things that bothers me so much is how many people say "they are taking our jobs and leaving us jobless" that is not their fault they have gotten the jobs that you have neglect and rejected to take because you think that that is not enough money to pay for the amount of work that you will have to do .

      • lhg says:

        I do agree with you. I have heard that so many times also that the latinos are taking all the jobs. But if half of these people that just assume they know everything would just take a look around, yea its true there are alot of latinos working in the us but its because they want the jobs that the american citizens dont want. one because its minimum pay or two the job is shitty. and another thing why should some of the americans go to work when they can sit on their butts getting help from the state and where the immigrants cant they have no choice but to work. think about it they pay taxes where does that money go? cuz if there here illegally 10 to 1 they arent doing taxes……………

  2. jack harvey says:

    Love the governors' decision.Its AZ right to protect their citizens.

  3. Pete says:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/24/us/politics/24i…

    My dream is to overhaul the immigration policies.

    1.) English is required as a primary language. Learn multiple languages, but English is the primary

    language, and each immigrant allowed into the USA would be required to demonstrate their

    English abilities after one year of residency. If they can't, then they would be sent back. Period.

    2.) Give them a SS#. Make them pay taxes. Bring them into our system.

    3.) Americanize them. Establish American history courses. Each immigrant would be required

    to attend the courses, and pass the courses with a passing grade on each exam.

    4.) Probation. Each immigrant is put on probation. We would establish sound guidelines. If they step out of line and violate their probation, they are sent back.

    5.) Immigration Contract. Each immigrant would be required to sign a binding and enforceable contract agreeing to the terms of their invitation to the USA.

    This country was built on immigrants. It is our responsibility to accept them with strict guidelines, and then follow up with accountable actions should they violate our clearly defined guidelines.

    Until that infrastructure is implemented, they NEED to be shipped back to their homelands. If they were such great people, they would fight for their rights in their own countries. It is irrelevant what country they come from, so this is NOT a racist issue. Pigs will always find their way to the nearest pig pen.

    • Steven Tarlow says:

      Pete, I like many of your ideas. Some would fit in nicely, while others would be contested more heavily.

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