Sunday, April 03, 2011

Immigration bills

Seth Hoy at Immigration Impact has a very interesting post on how state-level immigration bills are not passing.  In ten states, Arizona-type legislation is getting axed by legislative leaders.  For example:

Mississippi’s legislature killed more than 30 immigration-related bills this week that would have, among other things, required people to speak English before receiving a state license, denied public benefits to the undocumented and attached an additional fee to all wire transfers going out of the country. The most controversial of the package, however, was SB 2179—Mississippi’s Arizona-style bill which would require police to investigate the immigration status of those they suspect are in the country illegally.

This is another example of why I criticized the New York Times article about how such bills are becoming more common in the South.  Yes, we will see immigration bills pass at the state and local level, as potentially in Georgia, but I think there are signs of greater pragmatism that don't tend to get media attention because they aren't exciting.


Vicente Duque 5:52 PM  

SB 1070 is in Cryogenics Death in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals - 9th Circuit heard the case five months ago but has yet to rule - Russell Pearce sat in the front row of Bolton's court and looked extremely displeased

SB 1070 Case To Be Put On Hold
'Informal Stay' Granted Today In U.S. District Court
Pat McReynolds
Anchor/Reporter, KPHO CBS 5 News
April 1, 2011

Some excerpts :

PHOENIX -- U.S. District Judge Susan Bolten heard arguments Friday as to whether she should allow the state legislature to join the defense of SB 1070, Arizona's recently passed immigration enforcement law.

Senate President Russell Pearce sat in the front row and looked displeased with the back and forth. The attorney representing Pearce and the rest of the Legislature argued that because the Legislature authored SB 1070, it would offer unique insight in the case.

But judge Bolten didn't seem convinced. She asked what another lawyer could possibly offer that attorneys for the governor and the Arizona attorney general aren't already providing. In the end, she agreed to take the matter under advisement.

But Bolten also called for a stay on all action for the main arguments in the case until the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rules on the constitutionality of Arizona's immigration enforcement law. The 9th Circuit heard the case five months ago but has yet to rule.

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