Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Immigration News Roundup - 6/23/2010

More Arizona fallout in this issue of the Roundup...

1. Corporate Con Game: An article by Beau Hodai in the July 2010 edition of In These Times exposes the role of the corporate-controlled American Legislative Exchange Council in the development of Arizona Senate Bill 1070. Among the members of ALEC are two major players in the private-prison industry which also runs many immigrant detention facilities and thus stands to benefit from the bill, the Corrections Corporation of America and Geo Group. CCA operates six facilities in Arizona alone, three of which list ICE as part of their major customer base. Geo Group runs three facilities in Arizona and many more in Texas. Add some high-profile lobbying groups hired by these companies after SB 1070 was introduced and you have a very muddy mix...

2. Mayors group condemns Arizona immigration law: The U.S. Conference of Mayors has approved two resolutions condemning Arizona's new immigration law and asking Congress for an overhaul of federal immigration policies. Both resolutions were approved on a voice vote during the organization's 78th annual meeting (June 11-15) in Oklahoma City, with some opposition.

3. Rappers take on Arizona: Two samples...

And Chuck D (photo above), the frontman for Public Enemy, in a new song called “Tear Down That Wall”, speaks out against the Arizona immigration law and calls border enforcement “the growing tangible and intangible wall existing between the black and brown people in North America.”

4. Mexico challenges Arizona's immigration law: Mexico has waded into a legal challenge to a new immigration law in the US state of Arizona. In papers submitted to a US federal court, the Mexican government argues that the law is unconstitutional and would damage bilateral relations. It says it is concerned that it could lead to unlawful discrimination against Mexican citizens. The law - which comes into force on 29 July - makes it a state crime to be in Arizona without immigration papers.

Meanwhile, unphased by legal challenges to his first bill, Arizona State Senator Russell Pearce now wants to deny U.S. citizenship to children born in this country to undocumented parents. Legal scholars warn that it would be blatantly unconstitutional, since the 14th Amendment guarantees citizenship to anyone born in the U.S.

1 comment:

  1. Unbelievable! The Mexican nationalistic mind set, never cease to amaze me. I wonder why they are the only country to complain and to meddle so much into US immigration laws.
    What do they have to loose if things tighten here?
    We all know what. A good source of income for the working classes, since the ruling classes are not good enough as to share fairly their immense wealth generated by, oil, silver, tourism and other natural resources that they have. They “love to protect” their citizen while they are in the US, legally or illegally, but don’t care to change their intitutional corruption in the country which cause so much trouble to there regular Mexican Joe, or should we say regular Mexican cuate.
    Don’t get me wrong readers, I love Mexico and its people but their politics…well, I’ll say no more.