Jul 19, 2010

Immigration Crackdown

It seems that the U.S. approach to the issue of Latin American migration is like Don Quixote tiltiing at windmills. When Janet Napolitano was Governor of Arizona, she said, "Show me a 50-foot wall and I'll show you a 51-foot ladder." Now she sounds like the Man of La Mancha.
Attacking the Heart of the Border Problem This administration will continue our unprecedented efforts to secure our border, crack down on transnational criminals, drug-related violence, smugglers and traffickers to ensure the safety and security of our citizens. July 19, 2010, The Arizona Republic, OpEd by Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security

Why Strengthening the Border Leads to More Illegal Immigration Trying to tightly seal any border will almost inevitably bring unintended consequences -- in reluctant illegal residents, in increased offshoring of industry and jobs, in cross-border smuggling and crime or, as with Arizona's new immigration law, in a whole new set of foreign policy problems.  July 18, 2010, Washington Post OpEd by Peter Schrag, author of "Not Fit for Our Society: Immigration and Nativism in America."

American Bar Association jumps into fray early over Arizona immigration law"The American Bar Association has injected itself into the legal battle over the controversial Arizona immigration law... Though the association usually waits until a legal challenge reaches the highest federal or state court that will consider a case ..., its president described the statute as a significant legal issue that merited the 'extraordinary but not unprecedented' action at the district court level." July 19, 2010, Washington Post
Evangelicals Join Obama on Immigration Normally on the opposite side of political issues backed by the Obama White House, some evangelical leaders are aligning with the president to support an overhaul that would include some path to legalization for illegal immigrants already here. July 18, 2010, NY Times

Arizona's Immigration Law Isn't the Only One Many states have their own regulations governing illegal immigrants. And five states have introduced bills similar to Arizona's SB 1070, which is the target of a federal lawsuit. ... The laws regulate employment, law enforcement, education, benefits and healthcare. July 16, 2010, LA Times

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