Arizona’s Russell Pearce Moves SB 1611

February 21st, 2011 · 10 Comments

The Grand Canyon State is on the verge of wreaking havoc on the immigrant community again with SB 1611. I was sent a copy of the bill, which is scheduled to be heard tomorrow in the state senate’s appropriations committee. It’s reference title is “Immigration Omnibus” because it has a bunch of provisions aimed at immigrants touching on K-12 education, state universities and community colleges, operating a motor vehicle, requiring parents to provide a copy of a birth certificate from US states or territories in order to enroll a child in school, and more.

SB 1611 would also ban undocumented students from attending Arizona public colleges and universities with Pearce saying, “They can’t be employed” in this country so their education doesn’t benefit the state, even if those students pay the full tuition price out of pocket.

This new bill will also put enforcement measures into e-verify and says that consular identification cards will not be valid identification in the state of Arizona.

It is going to be an interesting week in Arizona to say the least. As immigration is brought to the forefront, the policies continue to ratchet up enforcement efforts.

Tags: Education · Immigration

10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Don W. // Feb 22, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    Well, if the Federal Government refuses to uphold the U.S. Constitution (Article IV, Section 4), then the responsibility falls upon the States respectively, or to the People. Who needs the the Dept of Homeland Security or Immigration & Customs Enforcement if they too refuse to do their job. How much money could we reduce the Federal Budget by just by shutting down those two departments?

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  • 3 Bestee // Feb 22, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    The bill is designed to address the issue of “Illegal Immigration” Not immigrants as it is so irresponsibly reported to create alarm and fear. I think we need a bill addressing truthful ness in reporting, and start prosecuting the irresponsible and untruthful printing of tracherously recorded inaccuracies that are designed to inflame and further personal agendas. Why not be objective and unbiased report the truth for a change or get another job shovelling trash.

  • 4 IE // Feb 23, 2011 at 4:03 pm


    While you think that the bill is designed to address a root cause of “illegal immigration”, the reality is that it is not. Trying to overturn one of the most fundamental rights someone in the United States has to become a U.S. Citizen is crazy.

  • 5 chavez // Feb 24, 2011 at 12:07 am

    For a state that champions freedom from every article in the bill of rights, they sure like to make laws that also restrict themselves. Through their hate and ignorance, they will create the police state that they fear.

  • 6 WhatThe.. // Feb 25, 2011 at 11:05 am

    I don’t believe the bill was meant to address the root cause of “illegal immigration”. That’s a federal issue that which they completely failed in through spineless leadership. Since our country is a true Republic, and is collective union of sovereign states. Some of the these repercussions due to the failures of the Federal government have to be dealt with in an obvious sense. It’s not racism or anti-illegal immigrant mentality, its a true reality on the limited resources of those states meant for the the taxpaying citizens of those states.

  • 7 Gamboa // Feb 26, 2011 at 10:33 am

    Well it’s about time! Someone had the “BALLS” to take on the feds,and Mr. BIG EARS! One at a time works for me, and a lot of other AMERICAN CITIZENS !!!!!!!!

  • 8 Anna // Mar 3, 2011 at 10:19 am

    Thye courts will rule this unconstitutional, even a Republican Court. Racists like Russel Pearce are using immigration as a pretext to dismantle the constitution. Pearce has said in interviews that he doesn’t mind Hispanics working here. He just doesn’t want any to be able to vote. Newsflash: He and his Neo Nazi friends don’t get to decide who is and isn’t an American.

    He’s racist slime who will be recalled from office.

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  • 10 Miguel // Mar 16, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    Wow really….”SB 1611 would also ban undocumented students from attending Arizona public colleges and universities”, who would do such a thing, Education is a human right, damn it.

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