Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Latest news on SB1070, Arizona's new Immigration law

"Obama Asks Supreme Court to Overturn Napolitano-Endorsed Immigration Law
By La Shawn Barber • June 7, 2010 09:16 AM

I’m convinced the federal government has no intention of enforcing immigration laws against illegal aliens from Mexico.

But that isn’t the worst. The government wants to give illegal aliens from Mexico amnesty and a “path” to citizenship. Republican George Bush tried to push through an amnesty bill, and failed, and Democrat Barack Obama eventually will try to push through an amnesty bill.

The Department of Justice, squarely on the side of non-citizens on this issue, has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision that upheld a 2007 Arizona employer immigration law signed by the Department of Homeland Security’s Janet Napolitano when she was the Democratic governor of Arizona. (Source) The same year, Oklahoma’s Democratic governor Brad Henry reluctantly signed into law a similar bill.

Called the toughest sanction against employers who hire illegal aliens, the law requires Arizona employers to verify the status of employees through the Basic Pilot Program. First offenders who “knowingly” hire illegal aliens will lose their license for up to 10 days. Second offenders (on probation) face permanent license revocation.

As FOX News points out, our own Congress allows an exception to federal immigration law enforcement (emphasis added):

“The provisions of this section preempt any state or local law imposing civil or criminal sanctions (other than through licensing and similar laws) upon those who employ unauthorized aliens.”

Is Obama’s DOJ ignorant of this exception? That Arizona’s employer law was endorsed by his current homeland security chief and upheld by the left-leaning 9th Circuit apparently has no influence in Obama’s DOJ."

It looks as though President Obama is against what Arizona is doing even going back as far as 2007 to a law our then Governor Janet Napolitano signed into law with the toughest sanctions yet against employers who hire illegals.

I also read that Los Angeles Country voted to boycott Arizona because of the law. That will be uncomfortable. A few years ago California tried to get tough laws against immigration passed because then San Diego was a corridor across which many illegals passed. Now I read that a border fence below San Diego has been built to deter far more illegals from passing which is the kind of fence Senators McCain and Kyl are talking about to better fix the problem at the border instead of after they have crossed and settled in somewhere.

As I have said before we better not get too attached to this law since our President appears to be very much against it, but we can hope that all the support may convince our president that he needs to address this problem in a way that is going to satisfy the states contending with so much illegal immigration.

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