Arizona’s Tough-on-Illegals Bill is Law!

State flag of Arizona

This Friday, April 23, 2010, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer officially signed S.B.1070 into law. The bill is the nation’s toughest immigration enforcement bill, making it a crime in Arizona to be in the country illegally and cracking down on the hiring of day laborers and the transportation of illegal aliens.

Criticized by many, the bill is a perfect example of the frustration on the state level of the federal government’s refusal to secure the borders and enforce the immigration laws already on the books. Census Bureau figures show about a quarter of Arizona’s population is of Hispanic descent. It also shares a border with Mexico and has an estimated 460,000 residents living there illegally, the seventh highest total in the country, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

70% of likely voters in Arizona approve of the legislation, while just 23% oppose it.

Disdainful as usual of the will of the people, Obama called the new Arizona law “misguided” and “irresponsible.” He said the actions by the Arizona legislature threaten “to undermine basic notions of fairness that we cherish as Americans,” and that he has instructed U.S. authorities to monitor the state’s actions and to “examine the civil rights and other implications” of the legislation.

Arizona’s new law already has sparked protests in the state, including a small riot in Phoenix where riot Police were called to control an unruly group of protesters against SB1070 who began to fight with a man who was for the immigration bill. When police tried to escort the man away from the scene, fearing for his safety, they too came under attack by people throwing items, including water bottles. A young man was arrested during that melee. Things calmed down moments later, but riot Police remained at the capital to maintain some sort of order.

A big h/t to beloved FellowshipOfMinds member May!

~Eowyn

14 responses to “Arizona’s Tough-on-Illegals Bill is Law!

  1. Just spoke w/my mom in AZ & she is livid about this. Calls it racial profiling and a waste of resources. She then tells me how the kids protested and left school and were chanting in, yep, Spanish! Didn’t debate her (she’s a lib & gotta get along). Asked her what the state should do and she said “Mexico needs to fix their living conditions”. OH MY GOD…

    I say good for the AZ gov in trying to get rid of all the illegals. GO HOME or get your papers the correct way!

  2. The people are taking this in their own hands and are trying to fix things! I agree with DCG go home or get your papers the correct way. I don’t think we know the half of what is really going on down there. I think we are lucky we have any border agents at all,the way they are treated. People in Arizona,I read one paper from AZ,said they are putting their refridgerators outside their houses so they won’t wake up to a wetback going thru the fridge in the house.I think things are way worse than we could imagine -

  3. DCG: I totally understand the “gotta get along” thing. Our oldest daughter – flaming liberal – is moving from MA to Tuscon, AZ at the end of July for a job. She informed me that Tucson is one of the most liberal cities in AZ, so she will be right at home. We are to the point where we cannot discuss politics at all anymore.

    Eowyn: I think our daughter would be even MORE at home in Berkeley. LOL

    I think the polls stated that 70% of the people in AZ wanted this to become law. That’s a huge majority.

    In pace, ut sapiens, aptarit idonea bello

    • Yeah, mom is in Tucson as well. Your daughter & my mom would so get along!

      Mom said they don’t have resources to do this. I asked, what is your state’s deficit? “I don’t know” but it’s one of the biggest in the nation. She also said AZ wants to get rid of concealed gun permits, “Shades of Palin”. I asked her how Palin supports this, she said she read a book about Palin. Who was the author? “I don’t know”…see a pattern here? Ron’s right, they react w/emotion and no FACTS!! ugh…

  4. To all,

    I mention illegal aliens in my book. Unfortunately, no one listens to logic. Liberals operate on emotion. You cannot reason with out-of-control emotions. Illegal aliens just want a place to live where they can earn a living, so I’m not really mad at them. I am however, disgusted with our government for not handling the problem correctly. Now, the answer is simple….round them all up and ship them back to wherever they came from and then force them to come to our country legally. What about the children born here??? That”s simple; send them along with their parents. There is no reason to call them citizens.
    Ron

    • Ron,

      There’s an estimated 12 MILLION illegal immigrants aliens in America. How do we ship 12 million back? I say we give them 3 months’ notice to leave. If after 3 months they’re still here, then we arrest, prosecute, and send back.

      You’re so right in making the distinction between the illegals (can’t blame them for coming here if “our” govt refuses to deter them) and their enablers. It’s the enablers of both parties who are our enemy.

  5. Eowyn,

    I totally agree with you. Except, after the three months I would gather up those with a criminal background and, for those guilty of murder, either execute them or incarcerate them for the rest of their lives. As for the rest–If they didn’t have brains enough to leave on their own when ordered to do so, then round them up. I would also do that with deadbeat fathers.

    I could go on and on but it’s old rhetoric on my part.

    Ron

  6. By the way, where did you get that 12 million figure, from the government? I think the number is closer to 25 or 30 million.

    Ron

    • Ron,

      The 12 million figure is the standard one I see in news accounts. Since they are illegals, I don’t think anyone really knows how many there are!

  7. Eowyn,
    Sometime back I read an article that said 30,000 a day were entering our country. If that figure was true then we would have 10,000,000 a year for who knows how many years.
    I got my 30,000,000 from that estimate. When Obama was telling America that there were 45,000,000 million uninsured in the country he was looking at about 15,000,000 Americans and the rest must have been illegals.

    Anyway, it don’t matter no how cause we ain’t gonna get rid a them unless we throw them out completely.
    Ron

  8. I posted two comments elsewhere about this earlier.

    They were as follows (slightly edited):

    I hope Arizona is the first state to give Obama “the finger” and invoke the 10th Amendment.

    I hope Georgia will be the second.

    ________________________

    I hope the people, as well as the government of Arizona, have the stones to stick this one out.

    If they cave in to the Obamanistas, it will be a bad sign for what is to come.

    I truly hope this is the beginning of the rebellion against these tyrannical bastards I have been praying for since 12:00:01pm, 01/20/2009.

    God knows we need a victory against these communist Gomers, somewhere, somehow. May this be the first in a long string of them.

    -Dave

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