With the court decision today that Arizona is not allowed to protect itself and its citizens from illegals, it is now very apparent that we have a tyrannical Federal Government that operates against the will of the people.
Posted by Yeah, except..., a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jul 28, 2010 at 10:26 pm
that's not what "they" decided. The judge decided that parts of the proposed legislation "interfere(s)with long-standing federal authority over immigration and could lead to harassment of citizens and legal immigrants." You call it tyranny, I call it enforcement of existing laws and ethical practices.
Posted by maja7, a resident of the Vintage Hills Elementary School neighborhood, on Jul 29, 2010 at 7:00 pm
If our Federal Government would do enforce the law Arizona would not have felt it necessary to take this bold action. I am supportive of anyone that wants to come to this country, legally. I am not supportive to those that come here "for a better way of life" and do so illegally. A better way of life begins with each and every one of us being responsible for ourselves; breaking the law with total disregard to the laws of that country, state, city, etc. is not being responsible.
I have relatives that immigrated from Mexico and they did it the legal way = the right way. I say this so I can speak proactively to those that will label me 'racist' merely because I subscribe to the rule of law.
Posted by Rae, a resident of the Mohr Park neighborhood, on Aug 2, 2010 at 5:38 pm
Give me a break! Arizona already had an immigration law on the books before SB1070: the 2007 Legal Arizona Workers Act which sanctions employers and businesses that knowingly hire illegal aliens. This law allows the state to suspend/revoke the business licenses of employers who are in violation.
Twelve major business groups opposed the law, including (big surprise) contractors, farmers, hotel owners and state and local chambers of commerce, but it was upheld in the 9th Circuit Appeals court because "1) the Arizona law did not overstep federal immigration authority, and 2) the law satisfies constitutional due process requirements because employers are allowed to present evidence to "rebut the presumption" of an employee's illegal status -- giving businesses a "meaningful opportunity to be heard before sanctions are imposed."
Of course, the law was never enforced due to the negative "economic consequences" on businesses if they actually had to hire legal residents rather than cheap, illegal labor. In fact, Ms. Julia Pace, the Phoenix lawyer who represented the business groups opposing the law, argued even before the law went into effect that "People are concerned about starting businesses in Arizona. We've already seen a loss of companies coming here. They're shutting down, or they're taking their money to different states to open their businesses."
So the next time you want to cry for Arizona because they're "not allowed to protect itself and its citizens from illegals," remember they chose not to go after the businesses holding out the state's welcome mat by hiring the cheap illegal labor force from across the border.
Posted by jimf01, a resident of another community, on Aug 3, 2010 at 12:49 am
And in Sheriff Joe's county alone, there have been 37 raids of businesses. Only one successful prosecution. Why? E-verify doesn't work. There is a nearly unlimited supply of people willing to try to present false ID which will get past E-verify.
What does this mean? Real border enforcement and incentivizing illegals here already to self-deport through a viable guest worker program is what is needed.
And it is needed on a federal level to avoid individual states needing to act on their own.
This (plus the economy and jobs) are issues that either political party could tackle and win votes in November. Utterly astonishing that our Congress and President cannot do anything to fix basic problems.
Posted by mark, a resident of another community, on Aug 5, 2010 at 8:37 pm
The fact is, it's like Tom stated, "it is now very apparent that we have a tyrannical Federal Government that operates against the will of the people." It is so obvious that a blind man could see it. The crooks/traitors from both parties in the District of Criminals do not represent us period. Once you wake up to the fact that the Federal Reserve Bank (Fed) is privately owned, you will understand that these banksters own and control everything. I mean WTF? Take a little time and research it! Either that or STFU! The answer is staring you in the face, do something about it. Here is a link. READ THE ARTICLE BEFORE YOU RIGHT IT OFF! Web Link