13 More States Confront Illegal Immigration Problem

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Republicans in Michigan, Oklahoma move to adopt Arizona-like anti-immigration laws

BY Stephanie Gaskell – NY Daily News – May 10, 2010
Fed up with the lack of federal leadership on illegal immigration, Republican state legislators from across the country are proposing their own crackdowns.
Michigan State Rep. Kim Meltzer proposed a law modeled after Arizona granted cops the authority to determine immigration status when investigating a crime. “We have borders in place for a reason,” she said.
In Oklahoma, state Rep. Randy Terrill said he wants to enact legislation similar to Arizona’s and “go beyond it” – by making penalties tougher for illegal immigrants caught with firearms. “The states have to act because the federal government has refused to enforce our nation’s borders and turned every state into a border state,” he told the Washington Times.
South Carolina state Rep. Eric Bedingfield is pushing to make it illegal to hire and pick up workers on the side of the road. Pennsylvania state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe said the Obama administration has given states no other choice. “With the federal government currently AWOL in fulfilling its constitutional responsibilities to protect American lives, property and jobs against the clear and present dangers of illegal-alien invaders, state lawmakers … are left with no choice but to take individual action to address this critical economic and national security epidemic,” he said.
Similar legislation is being considered in Minnesota, Maryland, North Carolina, Texas, Missouri, Nebraska, Utah and Idaho.
Scott McInnis, a GOP gubernatorial candidate in Colorado, vowed to put tough immigration laws on the books. “We are stopping the retreat. No more retreat. Federal government, if you are not going to do it, we are going to do it,” he said during a recent local radio interview.
It’s probably too late to get any of the measures passed this year, however, as many state legislatures end their session on June 1.
Last month, Arizona became the first state to enact its own tough immigration law. Set to take effect this summer, it allows police to ask people suspected of a crime to prove they are U.S. citizens or here legally. The Justice Department said it’s considering a federal lawsuit against the new law, saying it could lead to civil rights violations.

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0 responses to “13 More States Confront Illegal Immigration Problem

  1. Steve, I think the Mussolini act would be the best way to handle the creeps. You are absolutely right when you say the ‘Racist name tag means nothing.’ I am a profiler and when someone calls me a racist I only smile. I sometimes tell them I am an equal opportunity offender. I don’t give a damn if you’re black, white, yellow, muslim, Jew, etc…White trash in my book, muslim terrorists, politicians, ghetto thumpers, trailer trash, wetbacks,….If I don’t like you or I think you’re a pile of crap then in my mind that’s what you are and I really don’t care if Osama likes it or not. I don’t walk to the beat of his drum.
    He can legislate how we’re supposed to feel or act, but I will still be me and No one will ever remove that from me. I say run the bast&*#s out of town but hang the leaders by the toes.

  2. I wrote this in answer to the Malaysia Insider because I think they are off base in their comments. I don’t think they posted it.
    It is possible that the statements in this blog may be partially correct, but if something isn’t done to enforce the migration laws in our country then there will be blood in the streets and none of us want that. It is better to enforce the law now and have a few radicals throw some stones than have the entire populace out there killing illegals. So when the blog says this law will cause more problems–it fails to recognize we are already in the midst of the problem and Arizona is taking the first step to solving that problem.

  3. No email yet, Steve—I have three email addresses, but the one I use the most is the one below.
    all lower case—no capital letters


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