In a bold move by a stagnated GOP party, two Senators hope to block President Obama’s federal lawsuit against Arizona with a procedural movement.
Senators Jim DeMint (R- S.C.) and David Vitter (R-LA) said they will attempt to attach the Arizona lawsuit, legal language to small-business legislation set to be debated on the Senate floor next week.
The two Republicans have been critical of the Obama administration’s lawsuit against Arizona and claim the federal government lacks the constitutionality to prevent the Grand Canyon State from enforcing immigration laws already on the books.
SB1070 is a law that closely mirrors the federal government’s law on enforcing illegal immigration. Arizona has been inundated with illegal immigrants which has propelled the state to the country’s leader in kidnapping and only second to Mexico City, Mexico.
“States like Arizona shouldn’t be prosecuted for protecting their citizens when the federal government fails to do so,” DeMint said in a statement. “The federal government is rewarding illegal behavior and encouraging many more to enter our nation illegally when they refuse to enforce our laws.”
DeMint also said that President Obama “should get serious and stop holding border security hostage to pass amnesty and score points with his liberal base.”
Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle in Arizona are complaining the federal lawsuit will do nothing more than cost taxpayers more money the country does not have and in the end will be no closer to solving the immigration problem the federal government refuses to fix.
“The Obama administration should not use taxpayers’ money to pay for these lawsuits that the American people overwhelmingly oppose,” Senator Vitter explained.
DeMint further states that “States along the border are facing kidnappings, drug trafficking, human trafficking and gang violence and they have a duty to keep their residents safe. Instead of suing states for doing his job, the President should get serious and stop holding border security hostage.”
Arizona’s new law gives state law enforcement officials the legal authority to enforce federal immigration laws. Most law enforcement officers will be allowed to inquire about immigration status of individuals who are lawfully stopped for other crimes.
An amendment to SB1070 specifically forbids racial profiling.
As many as 18 states are considering similar laws, according to the Associated Press, including: Florida, South Carolina, Idaho, Oklahoma, Utah, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Michigan. However, John Morton, the director of ICE warned these states to not pursue Arizona’s lead on the immigration issue because it is the federal government’s job to enforce illegal immigration.
According to the El Nuevo Diario newspaper an immigration bill similar to Arizona’s 1070 is being reviewed for final approval by the National Assembly in Managua, Nicaragua. The proposed law has sparked controversy and is seen by many as “drastic.” The article from El Nuevo Diario, claims the new immigration law would be dehumanizing leading to the opposition’s argument that illegal migrants would be treated “unjustly” in the poor Central American country.
If the Nicaragua Immigration Law was approved in its current form, Articles 153 to 158 would require every hotel, inn and motel, as well as all modes of public transportation operators would be required to ask for identification from those who request service or they could face prosecution and/or pay a fine.
The coordinator of the Nicaraguan Network of the Migration Civil Society, Heydi Gonzalez pointed out that a person cannot be criminalized for being a migrant without legal documentation. She went on to say that a fine being levied on those without identification is a violation of human rights.
The new Nicaragua immigration law has been approved and will now undergo a study of its details and make sure the portion of the law that imposes fines and possible criminal proceedings against those who provide the service to a migrant without legal papers will not cause undue stress upon the countries legal system.
Included in the law is article 153 which “prohibits the hiring of undocumented workers, or those who, though in legal status, are not authorized to perform work activities.”
Gonzalez explained that “every State has its regulations, and that similar or more stringent criteria of control than those mentioned in the recently approved law exist in the entire Central American region; nevertheless, in Nicaragua, sanctions or fines ought to be imposed only on those who house, transport or hire undocumented aliens when this takes place within the violation of migrant or people trafficking.”
The Migrants Network said the new law “would be a dehumanizing law. Let us imagine that a South American, Asian or African victim of people traffickers was abandoned out in the elements, but no one can provide him humanitarian assistance because it’s prohibited by the law. That’s the risk incurred in this type of regulation. It’s obvious that every country has the right to regulate migratory traffic and to establish requirements, but strict migratory policies and expensive procedures compel people to travel without documentation.”
The Nicaragua Immigration and Alien Law has been pending since 2007 however, recently civil organizations have pressed for its approval. When news came of its approval in principle, the provisions began to be studied and requested the inclusion of human rights elements in the law.
“There are elements that we do not see in this proposal, and I’m unable to perceive that they are meeting the obligation of incorporating human rights elements acknowledged by Nicaragua in international forums in the International Convention for the Protection of Human Rights of All Migrant Workers and their Families, or the Convention 90, ratified by our country in 2005, from which, among other issues, it must present a report of improvements every two years. Something that our government has not done,” Gonzalez finished.
Meanwhile in Arizona residents face many negative problems related to illegal immigration and the state currently faces the wrath of the Obama administration because residents simply want laws in place to be enforced.
With the apparent acquisition of 80 miles inside Arizona’s borders by Mexico one would assume the Obama administration would be much more interested in securing America’s borders than the rights of people who break into the country without regard to U.S. laws.
If the White House was to read the 14th amendment they would find that non-citizens “illegal residents” do not have “due process and equal protection” under the 14th amendment.
Yet the people of Mexico and Central America appear to lay claim to United States residency without regard to law. La Raza and amnesty sympathizers do not appreciate that all countries have a right to determine immigration policies within its borders.
A Wall Street Journal story discusses this very issue. The Japanese government has decided to allow more “middle-class” Chinese to visit where previously they issued visas to only the wealthy Chinese travelers.
The battle for the hearts and minds in American should be at the forefront of Washington D.C. elected officials. When the country is engaged in two wars, one of which is an admitted leading manufacturer of heroin (Afghanistan), the Obama administration should be monitoring the war in Mexico that continues to abide by the rule of the drug cartels, threatens U.S. law enforcement who tries to enforce law inside the U.S. and continues with its practice of eliminating their opponents (elected officials and candidates running for office).
While America has a potential third war in its sights, the President Obama decides to brandish the state of Arizona rather than upholding his sworn duty to protect America from all enemies.
After weeks of drama and condemnation of Arizona’s SB1070 illegal immigration law the White House has finally agreed to meet with Governor Jan Brewer this week. The law sparked high-emotions on both sides of the issue and even drew criticism from Mexican President Felipe Calderon.
The meeting with Arizona Governor Brewer is set for Thursday at the White House. Insiders say the President reluctantly agreed to the meeting after mounting criticism over his refusal to discuss the new law with Brewer during her visit to Washington this week.
It was Brewer who requested the meeting with Obama and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, the former Arizona governor, the Grand Canyon State governor is seeking to calm fears that the new law will invoke racial profiling.
The newly-scheduled meeting comes after White House spokesman Adam Abrams said Obama’s schedule “didn’t allow for a meeting” with the governor but said the president “did intend to sit down with the governor in the future.”
Adding insult to injury was outspoken Arizona State Senator Russell Pearce, the Republican who crafted Arizona’s SB 1070 and called Obama’s treatment of Brewer “an insult.”
“He’s willing to have a beer-fest with an officer in Cambridge after he misspoke,” Pearce said on Fox News, regarding the president’s summit held last summer after he blasted a police officer who arrested a black Harvard professor.
“He misspoke on this bill also and he’s not willing to meet with the governor of the state of Arizona?” Pearce said.
Obama has been critical of Arizona’s immigration law, which will take effect July 29. The president said SB1070 was “misguided” and thought the law could violate civil rights and allow officers to racial profile.
Last week the White House said it’s prepared to go to court and block the new law before it becomes law. SB1070 essentially makes it illegal to be illegal in the state of Arizona and allows state law enforcement to ask for proper paperwork of those being questioned in connection of another crime.
The law comes after the state claims they are broke and can no longer afford illegal immigration as the jails and crimes committed are overwhelming the public service sector.
Obama has also indicated he will send 1,200 National Guard troops to the region and asked for more than $500 million to be spent on border security.
“I think it (sending National Guard) is recognition of the violence on the border, which has been really beyond description in some respects, particularly on the Mexico side,” said Senator John McCain (R-AZ).
Arizona Congressman Trent Franks (R-AZ) said, “We have been extremely disappointed in the Obama administration and I believe his effort to send troops to the border is really political cover to blunt criticism he’s facing considering this whole issue, that — Arizona’s law catalyzed all of that.”
Arizona’s governor said she signed the immigration bill because the federal government has failed to secure the border Arizona shares with Mexico, which has seen more than 23,000 people murdered in the last three years by activities related to drug cartels.
Arizona’s other Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ), said sending 1,200 National Guard troops to the region is a start, but the his state needs at least 3,000 National Guardsmen as well as 3,000 additional Border Patrol officers to secure the Arizona border.
The U.S State Department has also chimed into the Arizona illegal immigration issue. They made it crystal clear that the National Guard troops will be there to decipher the “good illegal immigrants from the bad illegal immigrants,” and will not be approaching the illegal immigrants coming into the country unless they are carrying drugs, guns or are perceived terrorists.
“It is quite amazing to me that this administration and the illegal alien supporters continue to push this line of thought. These are the same groups that criticized the Arizona SB1070 law saying that law enforcement cannot tell who is illegal and who is not. Yet we are led to believe that troops they are sending to the southern border will not only be able to tell who is an illegal alien, but which ones are only ‘coming here to work,’” said Digger’s Realm. “It is just one more slap in the face by our federal government to the American people. All of their arguments lack any logic and I am pretty sure that the majority of American Citizens see what is going on.”
Apparently it was the Mexican government who wanted the troop clarification and urged the State Department to not profile those seeking residency illegally in the United States, but for them to target the criminal element that penetrates the southern borders on a daily basis.
Philip Crowley, State Department spokesman told reporters the troops are, “not about immigration.” He explained the National Guard was “fully consistent with our efforts to do our part to stem, you know, violence, to interdict the flow of dangerous people and dangerous goods; drugs, guns, people.”
The State Department also claimed that there was only “13 million Mexicans living in the United States, more than half of them illegally.” However, the real number of illegal immigrants residing in the country is somewhere closer to 20 million. If you add the family reunification program many open-border activists want to include in the amnesty bill, the number could climb to more than 50 million as moms and dads, brothers and sisters would all seek new homes inside the United States.
Also, President Calderon had this to say at a press conference held during his visit to Canada, “Because the problems that we have of weapons trafficking, of trafficking in illegal money and including impunity of criminals’ operations from the American side were not being duly addressed by the North American authorities, it is therefore to be hoped that the presence of the National Guard will be on the terms upon which we agreed with President Obama.” Calderon added, “They (the U.S.) committed themselves to do their part to enforce the law on the American side and, certainly, not to use the National Guard for immigration purposes and, even less, for the abuse of course, regarding migrants (Migration and migrant are the commonly used euphemisms for illegal entry and illegal alien), according to the M3 Report. http://www.eluniversal.com.mx/notas/683631.html