Saturday, May 1, 2010

Arizona 'Fixes' Their New Immigration Enforcement Law

Arizona's New Immigration Enforcement Law has been criticize by a number of people including Gibbs, Holder, Napolitano, and Obama without them having fully reviewing it. It may even be considered at least a partial success with Illegal Immigrants planing to leave the state over it. Wit the Arizona legislature making some 'fixes', their critics may be vindicated. It all goes to if you perceive the changes as clarifications or as important changes to the law.

"In recent days, some critics of the new Arizona immigration law have said the measure will lead to Arizona becoming a police state. Many of the criticisms — some including the words Nazi and fascist — have been based on a general objection to the law and to the enforcement of the country’s immigration laws. But some have been specifically focused on a few key phrases in the law.

Now, Arizona lawmakers have made some changes intended to clarify their intent and, perhaps, silence some of the critics. The changes were first reported by Phoenix television station KNXV, better known as ABC15.

The first concerns the phrase “lawful contact,” which is contained in this controversial portion of the bill: “For any lawful contact made by a law enforcement official or a law enforcement agency…where reasonable suspicion exists that the person is an alien who is unlawfully present in the United States, a reasonable attempt shall be made, when practicable, to determine the immigration status of the person…” Although drafters of the law said the intent of “lawful contact” was to specify situations in which police have stopped someone because he or she was suspected of violating some other law — like a traffic stop — critics said it would allow cops to pick anyone out of a crowd and “demand their papers.”

1 comment:

  1. If it is your goal to use the state in order to disrupt people's lives and terrorize those who are coming here to scrub your toilets, then yes the law is indeed a success and your characterization as such is revealing about the intentions of people who support this kind of thing. Otherwise it's pretty disappointing to see you framing the issue this way, especially after you spent the last couple of months on this website fear mongering about "socialized medicine" and "European style welfare statism". Congratulations your efforts in trying to legitimize right-wing fanaticism have brought us instead a "European style police state". I wonder if you actually know any undocumented immigrants, how you could honestly look them in the eye with a straight face. This isn't a pest problem, these are people. Whatever, I look forward to reading you go on, insisting this has nothing to do with race or ethno-centrism- a law designed exactly so anglo arizonans wouldn't have to worry about it.

    Yeah the "fixes" are really clearing things up. How about this "fix" reported in the wall street journal:

    “recently began telling school districts that teachers whose spoken English it deems to be heavily accented or ungrammatical must be removed from classes for students still learning English”
    State education officials say the move is intended to ensure that students with limited English have teachers who speak the language flawlessly. But some school principals and administrators say the department is imposing arbitrary fluency standards that could undermine students by thinning the ranks of experienced educators. [...]

    HB 2281 would make it illegal for a school district to have any courses or classes that promote the overthrow of the U.S. government, are designed primarily for students of a particular ethnic group or advocate ethnic solidarity “instead of the treatment of pupils as individuals.”

    It also would ban classes that “promote resentment toward a race or class of people.”

    Right, and I suppose the tea party is about "government" in people's lives? right?


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