Friday, April 23, 2010

Emergency Immigration News Update - 4/23/2010

1. U.S.’s Toughest Immigration Law Is Signed in Arizona: Gov. Jan Brewer of Arizona signed the toughest illegal immigration bill in the country into law today, aimed at identifying, prosecuting and deporting illegal immigrants. The governor’s move unleashed immediate protests and reignited the divisive battle over immigration reform nationally...The law, which opponents and critics alike said was the broadest and strictest immigration measure in the country in generations, would make the failure to carry immigration documents a crime. It would also give the police broad power to detain anyone suspected of being in the country illegally. Opponents have decried it as an open invitation for harassment and discrimination against Hispanics regardless of their citizenship status.

The bill provoked a new burst of political ugliness with its sponsor, Arizona state Senator Russell Pearce, railing against Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony, who has forcefully opposed the legislation. Speaking on the Michael Smerconish nationally syndicated radio talk show, Senator Pearce said that the Cardinal is "the last guy that ought to speaking out. This guy has a history of protecting and moving predators around in order to avoid detection by the law. He has no room to talk." Nasty!

2. Obama presses for immigration reform: President Barack Obama, urging Congress today to press forward on "comprehensive immigration reform," warned that the absence of federal action will only encourage "misguided efforts" such as those in Arizona..."Surely we can all agree that when 11 million people are living here illegally, that's unacceptable," Obama said today at a naturalization ceremony for 24 members of the Armed Forces on the South Lawn of the White House. "The American people deserve a solution."

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