15 States Want To Pass Arizona Style Immigration Laws

In further proof that you don’t have to be particularly smart to serve in a state legislature, 15 states are currently working on passing Arizona style immigration laws.

Why do I say that these people are stupid? There’s this thing called the US Constitution, I’m sure you’ve heard of it.

The Constitution says (Article VI, Clause 2) states cannot individually create their own laws that supersede federal laws. There’s also the question of whether or not state and local law enforcement has the authority to enforce federal laws. By the way, they don’t.

There’s that little thing, then there’s the other problem.

The other problem is that these laws will invariably lead to more racial profiling. The only people that will be targeted by these laws, are brown people that speak with an accent.

The people in the state senates mentioned below are merely pandering, scapegoating, obfuscating and engaging in demagoguery while ignoring the real issues and real problems that we face in this country.

Has anyone else noticed the deficit? Has anyone else noticed the constant budget shortfalls? Has anyone else noticed how much they’ve cut from education budgets?

I guess none of that is as important.

I’m guessing, it’s far more palatable for legislators to say that illegal immigrants are taking away all the jobs and benefits (they’re not) than it is for legislators to say that the reason we’re so screwed is due to their own ineptitude and mismanagement coupled with the general population’s complacency.

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California

The Assembly is considering a measure that would require police to question the immigration status of anyone they suspect is in the country illegally.

Colorado

The House is considering a measure that would allow police to question the immigration status of anyone they suspect is in the country illegally. The Senate is considering a measure that would require them to.

Florida

The Senate is considering a measure that would allow police to question the immigration status of anyone they suspect is in the country illegally. It would go further than the Arizona law by increasing criminal penalties if a crime is committed by an illegal immigrant.

Georgia

The House is considering a measure that would allow police to question the immigration status of anyone they suspect is in the country illegally.

Indiana

The House is considering a measure that would allow police to question the immigration status of anyone they suspect is in the country illegally. A hearing on the bill was this week postponed because of wintry weather.

Kentucky

The Senate has passed a measure that would allow police to question the immigration status of anyone they suspect is in the country illegally. Action in the House is pending.

Maine

The House is considering a measure that would allow police to question the immigration status of anyone they suspect is in the country illegally.

Maryland

The House is considering a measure that would allow police to question the immigration status of anyone they suspect is in the country illegally.

Mississippi

Senate- and House-passed measures would allow police to check the immigration status of anyone who is stopped for a traffic violation. The House and the Senate are negotiating their differences over the legislation, which Gov. Haley Barbour has signaled he would sign. That would make Mississippi the first state to join Arizona in enacting such a bill.

Nebraska

The Senate is considering a measure that would require non-U.S. citizens to carry proof of their legal status and would require police to question the immigration status of anyone they suspect is in the country illegally. A countermeasure would declare immigration a federal policy issue and direct Nebraska’s congressional delegation to seek “a workable immigration system.”

Oregon

A bill in the House would require all public officials to “enforce immigration law” or be held legally liable. The bill’s sponsor said she doesn’t expect it to pass but hopes it stimulates debate on illegal immigration.

South Carolina

A measure that would allow police to check the immigration status of anyone who is stopped for another violation is before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Texas

Several bills that would require police to check the immigration status of anyone who is stopped for another violation have been introduced after Gov. Rick Perry asked legislators to make illegal immigration a priority this session.

Utah

The House is considering a measure that would allow police to question the immigration status of anyone they suspect is in the country illegally. An alternative proposal would allow illegal immigrants to register so they could live and work in Utah without fear of deportation.

Virginia

A measure that would require police to check the immigration status of anyone who is stopped for another violation was introduced in the House this week.

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