[Marxism] Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's immigration law copied by five states: MI, SC, MN, PA, RI
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Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's immigration law copied by five states: MI,
SC, MN, PA, RI
BY Aliyah Shahid
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
Saturday, July 17th 2010, 1:05 PM
Arizona's not alone.
Five states have introduced similar immigration laws since The Grand
Canyon State passed controversial legislation that is scheduled to
kick in on July 29, according the Los Angeles Times.
The number of immigration-based laws and resolutions supported by
states has increased by more than 10 times in recent years.
"Lawmakers are frustrated with federal inaction," Ann Morse, a program
director with the National Conference of State Legislatures told the
newspaper. "Until the federal government acts, states will still see
this as an area where they see the need to play a leadership role."
The group says officials in five states—Michigan, South Carolina,
Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island—have introduced similar
immigration laws to Arizona's.
The legislation, which has sparked protests by civil rights and
religious groups, mandates that immigrants carry documentation of
their status. It also requires police to question people about their
immigration status if the cops have "reasonable suspicion."
Critics say the law could lead to racial profiling. Supporters argue
the law is necessary because the federal government hasn't done enough
to curb illegal immigration.
A federal judge began hearing arguments last week over whether the law
should be enacted later this month as scheduled. There are seven
challenges in total, including one by the U.S. Department of Justice,
to the law.
Several states already have their own regulations regarding illegal
immigrants. Colorado bars undocumented workers from obtaining in-state
tuition. In Tennessee, knowingly presenting a fake ID to get a job is
illegal. And in Nebraska officials must confirm immigration status in
order to receive public benefits.
And more Americans wouldn't mind an Arizona-like immigration law in
their own state, according to a recent Quinnipiac poll. Voters said by
48% to 35% that they'd support similar legislation.
Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling
Institute predicted the Arizona law would be a factor in the November
"The Arizona immigration law has emerged as a major divide in the
country, but the numbers are on the side of those supporting it," he
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