President Obama Pushes Immigration Reform as Arizona Governor Signs "Misguided" Bill into Law

April 23, 2010

"Our failure to act responsibly at the federal level will only open the door to irresponsibility by others." President Barack Obama

Today at a naturalization ceremony in the Rose Garden at the White House 24 members of the U.S. military from a variety of foreign countries became United States citizens. In his address at the ceremony President Barack Obama spoke of the urgent need for immigration reform. The president said:
"Today we celebrate the very essence of the country that we all love -- an America where so many of our forbearers came from someplace else," said Obama, whose father was Kenyan.

"And so on a day like this, we are also reminded of how we must remain both a nation of immigrants and a nation of laws," he said. "This includes fixing America's broken immigration system."
President Obama spoke of SB 1070 the bill that was signed into law by Arizona's Republican Governor Jan Brewer. The law has been called racist, unconstitutional, mean-spirited, radical and a desecration of the Bill of Rights. The President said, "The law threatens to "undermine basic notions of fairness that we cherish as Americans, as well as the trust between police and their communities that is so crucial to keeping us safe."

The ACLU states that the law "unconstitutionally allows the state to regulate immigration -- a power which the Constitution assigns to the federal government." It says that the bill "grants police officers authority to conduct warrantless arrests of anyone who cannot immediately produce documents and notes that such action has already been deemed invalid by the Ninth Circuit Court." The bill encourages racial profiling.

This law, like the CNMI's own misguided PL 17-1, will surely be challenged. It even contains a mirror provision that the CNMI bill contains: requiring aliens to carry their alien registration papers at all times.

New Mexico's Governor, Bill Richardson called the bill "a terrible piece of legislation that is against the democratic ideals of this country."

According to CNN, Raul Grijalva (D-Arizona) closed his two district offices after an unidentified caller threatened to blow up his Tucson office and kill his staff members. CNN reported:
The caller also said he was going to be "exercising my civil liberties, and I'm shooting Mexicans at the border," according to Grijalva's district director, Ruben Reyes, who fielded one of the calls.
Rep. Luis Gutierrez, (D-Illinios) chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus is joining a rally against the bill that will be held Sunday. From a statement he issued:
I am going there to let the people of Arizona know that they are not alone in fighting against bigotry and hatred and thousands will join me this weekend at the State Capitol...

I call on all justice loving Americans to join us in Phoenix. Join us in denouncing this law, join us in calling for its veto, and join us in standing up against hatred when people paint all immigrants and all Latinos as criminals. In so doing, we will be living by a fundamental truth articulated by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., that injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We need to take a stand


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Anonymous said...

Immigration reform will be on the back burner for sometime to come. There will be no instant green cards for illegal and legal aliens in the US or in the CNMI. This one term Administration will try and get twelve million illegals status but that ain't gonna happen. The unemployment rate is still at Depression level numbers and Americans won't stand for it. The fact is Arizona's illegal alien problem happens to be 99% Mexicans. Even Mexican Americans agree that it's a huge problem.

Captain said...

As has been stated by many, this was done in frustration of the Feds not doing something for many years and now the escalation of all of the cross borders murders and innocent lives being lost.
This is another way for the border town states to "take back their land".

This may be unconstitutional and a type of "vigilante justice", though may be wrong,is an attempt to force this issue with the Feds.
The sheriff in this state is/has already been doing things along this same line for many years.
It seems like 70% of the people support this legislation.
Maybe it is time to put military on the border and push these "illegals" and the drugs back along with closing the routes.

It has been stated that most of the "illegals" crossing the border are also carrying the drugs, though maybe not on a voluntary basis, still they are bringing it in.

3 out of five are caught.
I can probably see more of this "bad" legislation enacted by other border states before the Feds do anything.
This will probably escalate into many "skirmishes" with "vigilantes" in the near future in this and other states, which can be expected due to the many jobless and other problems.

Anonymous said...

There is absolutely nothing unconstitutional about the Arizona law as long as there is no racial profiling. If the cops stop people based on ethnicity, or on pretextual resaons ("dirty" license plate) as a subterfuge for ethnic stops, then the cop is violating someone's rights.

But if law enforcement officers merely go about their normal business, and then ask about legal residence status, there will be no problem so far as the U.S. Constitution is concerned.

Ultimiately, howerver, some in the immigrants rights community don't trust law enforcement officers to do their job.

Cross that bridge when and if you come to it. That's what courts are for.

Wendy said...

Anonymous 9:50

Really, they are not going to use racial profiling? Let's see how many Europeans and white people are stopped and asked for papers. And on what basis will they be stopped?

Watch this be challenged in court within weeks of it going into effect.

Read the book, The Devil's Highway to get a glimpse of the illegal immigrant business run by drug dealers and schemers who lure desperate Mexicans.