Fallout from Arizona "Immigration" Law

Photo from Reuters

April 27, 2010

In addition to the law suits that are looming, there are political and economic consequences for states (and commonwealths) that enact unconstitutional laws that overstep authority.

Within days of Republican Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signing the new "immigration" law that President Obama called "misguided" conventions have been cancelled, cities have banned public workers from visiting the state, a California state legislator has asked for contracts with Arizona's businesses and agencies to be torn up, and anti-Arizona web-sites have been launched to strangle tourism. Nevada immigrants are organizing a boycott of Arizona and are working to overturn the law. Mexico has issued a travel alert.

There are numerous petitions online calling for a boycott of the state including Boycott Arizona! and Boycott Arizona 2010. There is a call to boycott the Arizona Diamondbacks, and to boycott Arizona as a venue for the 2011 All Stars Game.

Additionally, about 70 truckers have agreed to stop moving loads in and out of Arizona and they are working to get 200 truckers to join them for a 5 day boycott.

San Francisco has banned city workers from traveling to Arizona:
San Francisco's move comes as the Board of Supervisors introduced non-binding resolutions calling for comprehensive immigration reform and a boycott of Arizona because of the new law, which requires police to try to determine the immigration status of anyone they reasonably suspect of being in the country illegally. There are also online boycott campaigns calling for everything from a boycott of the Arizona Diamondbacks baseball team to the Grand Canyon.
Legal Hispanics make up 27% of Arizona's population. They are angry and they are organizing. Saturday, May 1st will be a day of protests across the nation.

Arizona's former governor, Janet Napolitano, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security noted that the law did not go into effect for 90 days giving the U.S. Department of Justice time to review whether the law is constitutional. The U.S. Department of Justice needs to also review PL 17-1.

MSNBC quoted Secretary Napolitano as saying, "there is no value added by giving Arizona authorities the right to question anyone about their immigration status."

The Los Angeles Times quoted Attorney General Eric Holder as considering "the possibility of a court challenge":
"I think that that law is an unfortunate one," Holder said. "It is, I fear, subject to potential abuse. And I'm very concerned about the wedge that it could draw between communities that law enforcement is supposed to serve and those of us in law enforcement."


Anonymous said...

if i were to step foot on marked federal owned land that says "no tresspassing" i would be ARRESTED.

these illegal scumbuckets will be constantly coming in this country until they realize that we will find them and actually do something about them. then the word will get out and they will slow down. they are not citizens of this nation and they are not entitled to jack s***t that we have to offer.

what part of this concept does the government not understand? ok, racial profiling...well, if most of the illegals in arizona are MEXICAN based off of STATISTICS, how is it profiling? its a FACT. if they do not kick these scumbags out of our country independent groups eventually will.
Long Island, NY mainly in suffolk county there are constant beatings of day laborers and other illegals. while i think its brutal and cruel, i dont blame these people for doing it. Suffolk county PD sent a group of officers to EL SALVADOR to learn about their gangs that move there ILLEGALLY! so instead of kicking these sacks of crap out of our country they decide how to police them HERE instead??? while its great to learn how they operate, if they were kicked out a lot sooner maybe they wouldnt need that training.

kick these scumbags out. take that racial profiling concept thing and shove it where the sun dont shine. any latino LEGAL immigrant i speak to are proud to be here and DESPISE their own kind that move here illegally. i dont care if their kid was born here, deport the kid too they should not have citizenship based on where it popped out on my dime. send the leech back to where their parents need to be shipped off to.

these latino groups should support the bill, encourage the LEGAL folks to accept that police may be asking them questions, and if they are ABUSIVE about it then REPORT their issues to help TRAIN the police better...maybe too it will encourage latinos to help police to find illegals. the latino community is a very close community and knows a lot about what goes on in it regardless of it being stuff they want to know about and stuff they dont like, etc....maybe they can use this to assist police in finding the real illegals.

but no, these stupid activists just wanna cry racial profiling as an excuse. these activist groups are just as ignorant as a vocal racist screaming out racial words at people. instead of looking at the laws and truths of it they just wanna whine to defend their actions to be here illegally...maybe these groups should be arrested with some form of OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE!!! they are the racist ones as they only see one "color" and its their own, they dont see what truly goes on in the world and do not evaluate it. arrest them too for obstructing law enforcement.

boycott out federal officials for not doing a thing to help its legal and natural born people, boycott hikes in taxes and giving money to large corporations for screwing up, boycott healthcare requirements or be penalized for it

Anonymous said...

Well, while I am 100% for the Arizona law and border security I am not sure I feel as emotional about it as the above commentor.
One sentence in your blog I would like to comment on:
"Legal Hispanics make up 27% of Arizona's population."
Yes, they do, and 100% of the people of Arizona deserve secure borders.
The Government, Repub, and Demo, has failed miserably in this area for years. Sort of like a "Don't ask, Don't tell" for illegals.
Here is my simple plan: Create Guest Worker status and actively deport everyone else.
Note: Democrats better be careful what they wish for. Latinos are much more likely to vote conservative once given status.

Captain said...

It seems that now, some of the ones that are crying "unconstitutional" are doing unconstitutional deeds also.

This Arizona law, on the whole, only parallels the same Fed law on Immigration.
This should depend on how the police approach this issue whether it constitutes an unconstitutional enforcement.

This is not the same as the foreign workers here.
These workers cam here legally and for the most part many where subject to "unconstitutional" abuses.
I am surprised that no one has not been charged or sued any employer in the NMI for these abuses.
But then again the employers are among the "connected" so nothing happens.

In the past in the mainland, there have been two maybe three times that the immigration law has been "amended" over the years to avail these "illegals" and then it is like opening the flood gates for more to come in.
So what is the answer to this problem?
As long as there are employers that will hire at a cheaper rate they will keep coming.
Should there then be extreme penalties on the business owners such as the Feds "confiscating all of the personal property and the business and throw the owners in jail?

Wendy said...

Anonymous 2:20

If you abuse the law, hire illegals and/or pay low or no wages you should go to jail too! The illegals would not cross the border if no one was hiring them -duh!

Scumbags? I think not. But I certainly would not want to have any dealings with a hater such as yourself. You must be a native American? Your ignorant remarks about foreigners suggest that you could not be the ancestor of an immigrant.

Lawyers, members of Congress and legal experts have deemed the law unconstitutional because it preempts federal power. I agree with them. It mirrors the unconstitutional 17-1, which also attempts to discriminate and preempt federal power. States and commonwealths do not have authority over an alien workforce!!

This "stupid activist" has listened to attorneys at the ACLU and spoken to a constitutional law attorney. Calling the law racial profiling is not an excuse. It is a fact. There will be lawsuits filed against both the Arizona and CNMI laws, which are discriminatory and unconstitutional. We will prevail.

Arrest activist for obstruction of justice? Did you ever hear of the First Amendment? Why not arrest the employers and break the chain?

Captain, you are correct. The problem would be solved if the greedy employers followed the rules, paid fair wages, and stopped hiring illegal that they can cheat and abuse. Enforcement of labor and immigration laws and PUNISHMENT including JAIL TIME for employers would help. (Well, at least in the mainland. If abusive or cheating employers in the CNMI were arrested or fined, they would probably get an meaningless sentence of well, nothing, or if they did go to jail, they'd get furloughed, paroled or get out do to some kind of slave labor -maybe massage.)

Immigration reform NOW!

Of course I will boycott Arizona. Why support a tax that has such a dark, unconstitutional and discriminatory law on its books? There is no way in hell I would go there especially with Boboy. People here think he's Mexican!

MARCH MAY 1st. You can look up a city in your state or host an event. FIND A MARCH NEAR YOU or host an event!

Anonymous said...

"Rep. Connie Mack (R-Fla.) ripped into the new Arizona immigration law today, comparing it to Nazi Germany.

"This law of 'frontier justice' – where law enforcement officials are required to stop anyone based on 'reasonable suspicion' that they may be in the country illegally – is reminiscent of a time during World War II when the Gestapo in Germany stopped people on the street and asked for their papers without probable cause," Mack said in a statement.
"This is not the America I grew up in and believe in, and it’s not the America I want my children to grow up in," he added.

Anonymous said...

"You must be a native American? Your ignorant remarks about foreigners suggest that you could not be the ancestor of an immigrant."

I think you mean "descendant" rather than "ancestor," but I get your point, which is that Native Americans would be justified in taking a somewhat different view of immigration issues than would descendants of immigrants from other countries.

I just wish you would keep that in mind before geting too critical of some of the views being expressed by natives of the CNMI.

Anonymous said...

the Arizona law is a GREAT first step to getting Obama to do something about his broken promise!

Captain said...

BTW, In one of my frequent visits to the Phil. and in regards to their Immigration laws.
I am a US national, I have a permanent Phil. Immigration card ("I" card) along with a Phil drivers license, and have a personal vehicle there, along with a farm and a house.
I have been stopped many time at the regular police check points and random check points at traffick intersection etc.
Almost every time I and any other occupants of the vehicle, including Phil. Cit. have had to produce passports, drivers license and "I" cards.
Under the Phil. law all foreigners are required to carry their passports or "I" card.
The "I" card is requested (required)many time for many different things, especially when doing business at banks as there are laws regulating foreigners, cashing checks,transferring funds opening and holding accounts.
There are also many more restrictions like work permits (all foreign countries)
Foreign investment license if doing business.
If not possessing the required documents, a person will be arrested and jailed for up to 90 days before a charge. (What the legal holding time is irrelevant)
You do not want to be jailed in the Phil. A cell 10'X10' with 10 or more people inside only a flat cement floor, sometime a bucket.

I had to "buy" one of my friends out of one of these province jails (Bicol) because he was an over stayer by 1 month. On a "check point" he had to produce his passport and was arrested.
He at that time had been held for 42 days and could not contact the US embassy yet as he had not been transported and arraigned in Manila till that time.
He had been reported missing and only by chance word got back to another American residence in the next province (Albay) about a (Kano) being held in a local jail.
With the help of the US Embassy he finally left the Phil. not to return.
This is not an isolated case and involves all nationalities.

Wendy said...

Anonymous 9:04

Yes, thank you-I should not be writing comments at 4:20 am before I drink coffee!

The difference, of course is that it was the indigenous people of the CNMI who brought in so many foreign workers that they became a minority in their own land. Native Americans did not invite the foreigners to America.

Anonymous said...

To Captain,

Wow, could have have helped make my point any clearer. First, your friend in a idiot if he thought he could overstay by ONE DAY in the PI. You spent most of your rant about how bad the PI is, but only a few words on the part that mattered (his CRIME, yes it is a crime that WILL get you put in jail. He does not know this!!) My wife is a Filipina and I have been there many times and I know you don't break the law or you go to jail. And the jails are really not as nice as you say (or so I have heard). Over here, people just come over because the jails are nicer than their houses. At least we give them 3 hots and a cot. I am for immigration, but people don't get to decide for themselves. They just don't and that's the way it is.
WE HAVE A COUNTRY WITH NO BORDERS! What are we, Somalia!! I agree with the Connie Mack quote from above: "This is not the America I grew up in and believe in, and it’s not the America I want my children to grow up in,"
I just come at it from a different perspective. BUYCOTT ARIZONA!!

Captain said...

Anon 1:43 I did not say or insinuate the Phil. are bad.
I was pointing out an example of how other nation handle their immigration and work problems.Phil. I see much more and have a much more in depth understanding of what goes on there than many of the other places I have lived and worked and travel too.
I handle it, I and other understand and respect it's laws.
We are free to not return if we want or do not like whats happening there.

My view on Arizona is that they did something to "wake up" the Feds.
Also to try and curb the killings and drugs runners.
Now that they got the Feds attention, maybe the Feds will start to enforce their own laws that are on the books.