Arizona’s immigration legislation roundup

With all the hoopla on Arizona’s new immigration laws, I thought it would be appropriate to link to a few posts that present a different view (different from the state-run media and amnesty proponents, anyway) of the situation.

This post (from NRO) takes apart the myths being presented in the state-run media.

On the unfortunate matter of “presenting papers”: I have done that numerous times this year — boarding airplanes, purchasing things on a credit card, checking into a hotel, showing a doorman an I.D. when locked out, going to the DMV, and, in one case, pulling off a rural road to use my cell phone in a way that alarmed a chance highway patrolman. An I.D. check to allay “reasonable suspicion” or “probable cause” is very American.

JWF has this on how Mexico is indifferent to abuses suffered by migrants while bashing Arizona.

Amnesty International called the abuse of migrants in Mexico a major human rights crisis Wednesday, and accused some officials of turning a blind eye or even participating in the kidnapping, rape and murder of migrants.

The group’s report comes at a sensitive time for Mexico, which is protesting the passage of a law in Arizona that criminalizes undocumented migrants.

The Interior Department acknowledged in a statement that the mainly Central American migrants who pass through Mexico on their way to the United States suffer abuses, but attributed the problem to criminal gangs branching out into kidnapping and extortion of migrants.

This article says that Arizona’s new laws might already be having an impact on illegals.

Many of the cars that once stopped in the Home Depot parking lot to pick up day laborers to hang drywall or do landscaping now just drive on by.Arizona’s sweeping immigration bill allows police to arrest illegal immigrant day laborers seeking work on the street or anyone trying to hire them. It won’t take effect until summer but it is already having an effect on the state’s underground economy.

“Nobody wants to pick us up,” Julio Loyola Diaz says in Spanish as he and dozens of other men wait under the shade of palo verde trees and lean against a low brick wall outside the east Phoenix home improvement store.

Many day laborers like Diaz say they will leave Arizona because of the law, which also makes it a state crime to be in the U.S. illegally and directs police to question people about their immigration status if there is reason to suspect they are illegal immigrants.

Supporters of the law hope it creates jobs for thousands of Americans.

Finally, JWF has this proposal for the illegal immigration problem: Send the Arizona illegals to “sanctuary cities” where they’ll be welcomed with open arms (or not).

Here’s the reality: These cities are likely overwhelmed by the burden and costs of paying for all the illegals they idiotically allowed to overrun their cities but are just too stubborn to admit their policies have failed miserably. In other words, liberalism in a nutshell. But since they’re the ones who set the policy, let’s help them out.

It’s time to start the ball rolling by helping Arizona relieve themselves of their illegals and allowing these loudmouths to put up or shut up. Before the law actually begins this summer, how about a program be set up where illegals can come forward and be given temporary amnesty and they can be given a choice of sanctuary cities to relocate to?



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