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Update on Arizona Immigration Bills

February 22nd, 2011 · 2 Comments

Today Arizona’s state senate appropriations committee passed a bill to change birthright citizenship within the state and will set up a Supreme Court case on the matter. This birthright bill will now proceed to the full Arizona state senate for a debate.

VotoLatino has a blog post up describing how this Arizona birthright bill challenges the 14th Amendment and offers a bit of history on how the bill has moved.

As of the publication of this blog post, it is my understanding that SB 1611 has not yet moved out of the Arizona senate appropriations committee, but if the committee passed the birthright bill, you can bet that SB 1611 that was blogged about yesterday will likely make it to the full state senate for debate as well.

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  • 1 Arizona Lawmakers Defeat Immigration Bills // Mar 17, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    [...] a difference a year makes! A few weeks ago, I blogged about some new bills making their way through the Arizona state legislature that would have banned birthright citizenship and another that would [...]

  • 2 Felix Jaure // Mar 31, 2011 at 4:47 am

    Arizona’s newest anti-immigration measure: SB 1405 is a law that would force hospital personal to inquire as to a persons legal status in the country.

    Under the provisions of the new law, hospitals would face legal action by the state if they fail to comply and report undocumented aliens to federal authorities.

    Is this the solution for solving Arizona’s illegal immigration problem? Will this legislation prove profitable to the states economy? Not according to the experts, and rational thinking.

    The price of a bottle of antibiotics would be considered a deal in comparison to a week stay in the I.C.U. ward at a local hospital. Logic would indicate that most illegal aliens, will not seek prompt, medical attention, until the condition worsens, and becomes a life-threatening scenario.

    This latest attempt to rid Arizona of illegal aliens could very well be “the straw that broke the camels back.” State Senator Russell Pearce: ” We’re going to enforce our laws without apology.” Senator Pearce’s obsession against illegal immigrants has proven to be a costly one to the state’s already ill economy. SB 1070 can be classified as a category one in backlash, costing Arizona nearly $1 billion in Mexican tourism in Pima County alone.

    A study released by Elliot D. Pollack & Company consulting firm claims millions of dollars of lost revenue in state held conventions. “The general consensus was that $15 million was an under-representation of the lost business and that $45 million is still considered a conservative estimate of lost business in the hotel industry.”

    The state of Arizona should expect a category 5 backlash from SB 1405. Republican Senator Steve Smith, author of the bill, and supporters of this inhumane legislation, may consider setting aside their passions for a season, and take into consideration the devastating effects, their irresponsible actions will have upon the State of Arizona.

    “Illegal is illegal” This quote has earned great popularity in the lips of state legislators. Their remedy in conquering the illegal problem in the state, has resulted in the possibility of creating a police state environment. “A nation whose rulers maintain order and obedience by the threat of police or military force; one with a brutal, government”.

    Arizona Senator Russell Pearce, (R) along with state legislatures, are in the process of sponsoring Bill SB 1433, which would allow the state to neglect federal law at the states discretion. “Under the proposal a 12 person legislative committee that could recommend, propose and call for a vote by simple majority to nullify in its entirety a specific federal law or regulation that is outside the scope of the powers delegated by the People to the federal government in the United States Constitution.”

    The committee would be made up of six members of the State House and six members of the State Senate, with no more than four from each chamber coming from a single party. After the committee made a recommendation, the state legislature would then have 60 days to vote on whether to nullify the federal law.”

    Is Arizona on the path to creating an arbitrary government? “Subject to individual will or judgment without restriction; contingent solely upon one’s discretion: an arbitrary.”

    “This Constitution states ” the laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby, anything in the Constitution or laws of any State to the contrary not withstanding.”

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