BREAKING NEWS: MSNBC is reporting that the Los Angeles City Council has just voted to boycott all things Arizona. The city of L.A. will do no business or form any contracts with any businesses, etc., from Arizona. This decision was made to protest Arizona’s controversial immigration law.
Arizona’s police are now in the “impossible situation” of arresting victims of violent crimes, often punishing them worse than their attackers, as a result of that state’s immigration law, according to The Christian Science Monitor.
The law, which is drawing sharp criticism including from President Obama, will now require officers to verify the legal status of everyone involved in an investigation. It will now require police “to arrest perpetrator and victim both, and the punishment experienced by the victim of a violent crime will frequently be more severe and life-disrupting” involving “deportation,” for the victim while the perpetrator may get “a night in jail, perhaps,” according to the article published on Monday in the C.S. Monitor.
The new Arizona law will also give police officers new daily duties to track down and verify the papers of everyone they encounter who has a “reasonable suspicion” of looking like an alien, according to Article 8, Section B, of SB1070 which Governor Jan Brewer signed last Friday.
Governor Brewer is facing a tough fight from the far right in the Republican primary from those who have wanted Arizona to crack down on immigrants. Former Governor Janet Napolitano, who is now Obama’s Homeland Security Secretary, has come out against the legislation and vetoed any similar legislation while she served in Arizona.
According to an expert cited in the C.S. Monitor, law enforcement will suffer because the law “distracts police” from performing their duties and because people will be “less likely to report crimes or serve as witnesses” for fear of being questioned.
President Obama calls Arizona’s new law “poorly conceived.” Arizona’s businesses, including sports events, are being affected because many people are cancelling plans to visit the state.
Link to C.S. Article: Arizona immigration law puts police in ‘impossible situation’ – CSMonitor.com
Nevada’s Republican Governor Jim Gibbons is accusing President Obama of being the reason that his fellow Republican governor in neighboring Arizona had to sign that state’s controversial immigration legislation into law.
Accusing the President of acting “shamelessly,” Gibbons blamed him and the Democratic leadership for border problems and illegal immigrants, according to local Las Vegas television station KTNV.
Shamelessly? Governor Gibbons, with all due respect, I would say that you are acting “shamelessly” in what is clearly partisan politics as usual. Lest you forget, Governor, the problems at our borders did not begin with Obama. Bush, another fellow Republican of yours, had eight long years to do something about it…and he did nothing except possibly make things worse.
Obama has clearly stated that he is unhappy with our current immigration policies and has set it as a goal of his Administration to begin workable reform.
It’s time to quit playing politics.
1. New Times article: U.S.’s Toughest Immigration Law Is Signed in Arizona – NYTimes.com.
2. Text of SB1070: http://www.azleg.gov/legtext/49leg/2r/bills/sb1070s.pdf
Get ready for the possibility that – if you’re in Arizona – you’ll be stopped and asked for “your papers please.” No, it’s not a scene from an old movie, it’s now reality for many residents of the southwest state who police now need only a “reasonable suspicion” to arrest as illegal.
Questions: What’s “reasonable” look like? Does this mean that EVERYONE, including born-here citizens, must carry birth certificate, affidavits of citizenship, and other documents on them at all times?
Republican Governor Jan Brewer signed the bill in law this afternoon to appease the far right wing of her party even as President Obama “strongly criticized it,” according to the New York Times.
Governor Brewer has been facing primary trouble along with Senator John McCain who also backed this bill.
Let’s hope that, if there is any positive result from this awful legislation, that those in Washington will now wake up and finally take action on real immigration reform. Let’s hope our members of Congress will wake up before any other states follow what Arizona just did!