ARIZONA IMMIGRATION LAW NEUTERED
By Mark Anderson
Arizona’s highly popular S.B. 1070 law, which makes being an illegal alien in Arizona a state crime, has been partially stopped by a federal injunction. But the overall law took effect July 29 in a state whose residents have been killed, vandalized and otherwise adversely affected by what really is an invasion. According to S.B. 1070’s author, state Sen. Russell Pearce, 50 percent of all illegal aliens entering the U.S. cross into Arizona. “Enough is enough,” he has often said.
A huge majority of Americans agree. On July 28, federal judge Susan Bolton blocked the most “controversial” parts of Arizona’s immigration law from taking effect, “delivering a last minute victory to opponents” according to a Citizens for Legitimate Government (CLG) news bulletin.
So, the law took effect “without the provisions that angered opponents—including sections that required officers to check a person’s immigration status while enforcing other laws. The judge also put on hold parts of the law that required immigrants to carry their papers at all times, and made it illegal for undocumented workers to solicit employment in public places,” CLG added.
“In addition, the judge blocked officers from making warrantless arrests of suspected illegal immigrants,” said America’s corporate “ministry of information,” the Associated Press (AP).
Sen. Pearce, in his AFP interview for the July 19 & 26, 2010 edition, predicted S.B. 1070 would eventually prevail even if it’s fought all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Pearce had previously fielded tough questions on whether or not S.B. 1070’s language possibly could require turning over state identification data on all Arizona citizens to the federal government.
“Requiring Arizona law enforcement officials and agencies to determine the immigration status of every person who is arrested burdens lawfully present aliens because their liberty will be restricted while their status is checked,” Judge Bolton was quoted by AP as saying. AP also noted: “Federal authorities who are trying to overturn the law have argued that letting the Arizona law stand would create a patchwork of immigration laws nationwide that would needlessly complicate the foreign relations of the United States. Federal lawyers said the law is disrupting U.S. relations with Mexico and other countries and would burden the agency that responds to immigration-status inquiries.”
Translation: Maintaining cozy relations with other nations, not serving the 50 states, is the central mission of the federal government. It’s time the states that created the federal government when our nation was born received some consideration. Pearce was not immediately available for comment at press time.
Mark Anderson is a longtime newsman now working as the editor for AFP. He and his wife Angie provide photographs and video of the events they cover for AFP. Listen to Mark’s radio show at republicbroadcasting.org, Sundays at 7pm central. Email him at at [email protected].
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