For years, beating the drum for increased local authority to pursue illegal immigrants has delivered some of Arizona's lawmakers waves of public support, and to a lesser degree, brought criticism. But because immigration issues tend toward the hyperbolic in Arizona, and the approaching election beckons lawmakers to appear tougher on immigration than those gunning for their seats, a bill that promises to render a great deal of that increased authority looks more likely than ever to become law.Read More »
The trespass provisions originally included in a bill aimed at significantly altering Arizona's immigration enforcement methods were swapped out in a strike everything amendment proposed March 29.Read More »
Agree with her on the issues or not, you have to admit that Janet Napolitano possesses an unmatched perspective on some of Arizona's most urgent challenges. And whether on the subject of immigration enforcement or balancing security with liberty, Napolitano offered her solutions in a confident, almost matter-of-fact manner Thursday night at ASU.Read More »
Nearly 100 people demonstrated in front of the Executive Tower today to advocate both for and against a bill that would alter laws related to illegal immigration.
Bill S1070, which has passed the Senate and is ready for debate in the House, would prohibit state and local governments from enacting policies that would conflict with federal immigration laws.
Republicans are trying to pass a law that would require public schools to determine which of their students are illegal immigrants and then report their findings to the state.Read More »
A Senate committee approved a bill on Jan. 20 that would force law enforcement officials across the state to check the residency status of people with whom they come in contact, penalize activities such as seeking day labor, and allow residents to sue local governments that provide sanctuary to illegal immigrants.Read More »
When Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano was back in town last week, she suggested that reform of the nation’s immigration laws will be a priority for President Obama in 2010. The former Arizona governor was quoted in a local newspaper as saying two-thirds of the public wants immigration fixed, understanding that the U.S. is not going to deport an estimated 11 million illegal immigrants living in the U.S. The remaining one-third, she said, don’t want any changes.Read More »
At a time when Gov. Jan Brewer needs all the Republican support she can muster, some see her recent statements about illegal immigration as a way to court the conservative base. But what role the contentious issue will play in the 2010 Republican primary is far from certain.Read More »
In response to the loss of his agreement with the federal government that authorized his agency to enforce immigration law on the streets, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio pushed up the date of his next crime suppression sweep to Oct. 16 and said he would deliver any illegal immigrants found by his deputies to the Border Patrol. Federal officials aren't saying how they will react if he makes good on his vow.Read More »
In addition to granting civil subpoena power to county attorneys for employer sanctions investigations, Sen. Russell Pearce is working on other legislation to crack down on illegal immigration in Arizona.Read More »