According to NumbersUSA, America is currently home for 22.7 illegal immigrants among which 22.2 millions are of Hispanic origin. All south near-border states suffered from the flood of illegal immigrants throughout decades but Arizona was the first to actually take a stand!
Numerous attempts to lower the number of illegal aliens have been made beginning with 2007, but all efforts have been in vain since no federal law has been approved up to this day. Most attempts were made in 2009 with a total number of 222 enacted laws and 131 resolutions in 48 states, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Since no consensus has been reached on a federal level Jan Brewer gave up hope and acted alone, by signing the SB 1070, which makes it a crime to violate some federal immigration statutes and authorizes local police to determine whether people are in the country legally. The act is scheduled to go into effect on July 28, 2010, ninety days after the end of the legislative session.
Arizona's Governor discussed the law with President Obama on June 3, and they basically agreed to disagree.
|President Obama stands for comprehensive immigration reform, including dealing with the volatile issue of amnesty.||Jan Brewer says the nation's and state's security against illegal immigrants, criminals and possible terrorists should be the top priority.|
|The Justice Department may challenge SB 1070 in court.||“We'll meet you in court,” Brewer told CNN's John King when asked what she would do if the Justice Department decided to file suit against the law. “I have a pretty good record of winning in court,” she added.|
|Since 1929 illegal entry into the United States is a federal crime, up to six months in prison for the first offense and 20 years for the second offense. Hiring illegal immigrants carries a maximum penalty under federal statute of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
However does it work in practice?
|The Arizona law gives the state the right to suspend or terminate business
|Backlash from Arizona's new immigration law could cost the Phoenix area at least $90 million in revenue.||The USA has a large market for Mexico's narco trade.|
|Los Angeles, Seattle, Austin, San Francisco, San Diego, West Hollywood and many others to boycott Arizona over new immigration law.||At least 22 other states are considering legislation similar to Arizona's|
|Some Arizona police chiefs and other state officials oppose the law, in no small part because of the provision allowing citizens to sue them. Phoenix Police Chief Jack Harris suggested it’s at best superfluous in terms of helping local law enforcement combat serious crime.||Illegal aliens constitute over 25% of the federal prison population. In some areas of the country, 12 % of felonies, 25% of burglaries and 34% of thefts are committed by illegal aliens.|
|It remains to be seen how police will interpret the law’s anti-profiling language in practice. State officials tell us they have yet to work out what factors police should be trained to use to establish "reasonable suspicion" of illegal status.||In June 2004, Enrique Sousa Alvarez, an illegal alien, was arrested in San Jose, California and charged with violently kidnapping a 9 year old girl from her home, holding her captive for 3 days, and repeatedly raped her before releasing her at a convenience store parking lot.|
|Corporate America calls to Mexico, with a very loud voice, \Hey amigos, come work for me, I have a lot of work and I know you are very cheap. Who cares about the risk involved, come get your American dream, I will pay you in DOLARES!!!||Illegal alien Walter Alexander Sorto was repeatedly picked up for driver's license violations and for driving without insurance. Houston police, however, were barred from reporting his illegal residency status to federal authorities by "sanctuary policies". In March 2004, Sorto and a companion abducted, raped and killed 3 Houston women.|
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