8 states copying Arizona’s immigration law

Even as an appeals court chooses not to lift an injunction on Arizona’s controversial law, a host of states are intent on replicating it

A U.S immigration officer patrols Arizona's border: As the state fights to get court approval for its strict immigration law, many other states are working on similar proposals.

A U.S immigration officer patrols Arizona’s border: As the state fights to get court approval for its strict immigration law, many other states are working on similar proposals.

The 9th District Court of Appeals this week refused to lift a ban on the most stringent immigration law in the country. Arizona’s SB1070, if enacted, would compel state police to demand documentation from anyone they suspected of being in the country illegally, and to apprehend and deport illegal immigrants. The appeals court affirmed that only the federal government has that authority. But even as Arizona’s law failed to win judicial approval, states across the country are attempting to put similar immigration proposals on their own ballots. Here, a list of eight Arizona “copycats” trying to create state-only immigration laws:

1. Georgia
The state Senate is considering a bill this week that would allow any law enforcement officer to investigate the immigration status of any suspected criminal. The future of the bill is currently unclear. Even though the state House passed the bill earlier this week, the state Senate appears “unlikely to take any action” before the 2011 legislative session closes Thursday.

2. Florida
A bill currently progressing through the Florida legislature would require anyone employed within the state to be subject to a check by “E-Verify,” the federal citizenship and immigration registry. This bill will “turn every county in Florida into a little Arizona,” said immigration rights activist Florida New Majority. Even so, the Republican-led House voted in favor of the bill earlier this month. If the state Senate approves it, and Gov. Rick Scott (R) signs it, it will become law in October.

3. Nebraska
The Cornhusker State has enacted a raft of anti-immigration laws in the past few years, most recently an edict that denies public assistance to legal immigrants who have lived in the country less than five years. Earlier this year, the legislature approved a bill stripping undocumented immigrants of prenatal care. “Nebraska is starting to look at lot like Arizona,” says John Wenz at The Awl. “Legally, at least.”

4. Alabama
The state Senate is considering an “Arizona-style crackdown on illegal immigration,” says Reuters, with measures that would give state police the power to check the immigration status of those detained on other charges, and enact its own version of Florida’s “E-verify” law. Wouldn’t it have made more sense for lawmakers to wait until Arizona’s legal issues were decided, asks an editorial at the Anniston Star, and “craft legislation that could withstand constitutional challenges”? Alabama hasn’t the funds for such a costly legal fight.

5. Utah
Republican Gov. Gary Herbert signed four immigration bills into law last month, one of which permits police to check the immigration status of people arrested for serious crimes. The GOP-controlled legislature balanced that with a law that offers work permits to illegal immigrants who have not committed serious crimes. The pair of bills has been billed an “immigration compromise that the rest of the country could model.”

6. Oklahoma
The state is considering several harsh immigration measures, including the denial of in-state college tuition to high school graduates who cannot prove their immigration status, and the extension of human trafficking offenses to include transporting undocumented workers. These “punitive” measures unfairly attack the children of immigrants, says an editorial in Tulsa World. “Is Oklahoma becoming little more than Arizona’s mean little brother?”

7. Virginia
Virginia’s state legislature is considering a bill that would ban unauthorized immigrants from studying at public universities, and is also enforcing an “E-Verify” law for the state’s executive branch agencies, which goes into action in June. Starting in December 2013, private companies that receive state contracts will also need to check that its employees are legal U.S. residents.

8. South Carolina
The state legislature is in the final stages of passing a bill that would allow police to check immigration status during stops or arrests. The measure also makes it a felony to sell or produce fake IDs for illegal immigrants. All of these bills, says Jamelle Bouie at The American Prospect, show that “ethnocentric resentment” is at an all-time high, especially in the South. As long as that’s the case, “these laws — and others like them — will have traction for a nice slice of the public.”

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3 Responses to “8 states copying Arizona’s immigration law”

  1. Brittanicus Says:

    ARRIVING VERY SHORTLY?

    E-Verify! E-Verify! E-Verify! Must be–MANDATED–by Federal law that identifies every Americans, old and new hires throughout America; rejecting illegal aliens from the workplace. This is ATTRITION BY ENFORCEMENT. Other enforcement tools to be enacted permanently such as Secure Communities, to fingerprint and process every alleged criminal by local police. All Americans should demand these immigration innovations from our Senators and Representatives. If they resent your interests and disregard you, then join the TEA PARTY, as they will enforce the 1986 Immigration law. Stop the growth of Government; lessen your taxes, specially the hundreds of billions of dollars being extorted from you, in supporting illegal aliens and the 300.000 foothold babies annually. Under the TEA PARTY ultimatum; No more amnesties, Dream Act, Sanctuary Cities and States, No more Chain Migration or Immigration Reforms of any kind.

    TEA PARTY membership is rising by the tens of millions, which are becoming a positive power inside Washington.

    IT SHOULD BE REMEMBERED THAT STATES THAT DO NOT AUTHOR BILLS TO HALT THE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS ALREADY SETTLED THERE, HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS WILL BE ON THEIR WAY FROM LESS HOSPITABLE STATES. AS FLORIDA STRIPPED ENFORCEMENT E-VERIFY FROM ITS POLICY, THEY TOO WILL BE INVADED BY THE ILLEGAL ECONOMIC POOR. JUST LIKE UTAH FLORIDA WILL HAVE TO HIRE MORE TEACHERS, MORE HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS, BUILD MORE PRISONS AND ADD MORE CASH TO THEIR WELFARE PROGRAMS TO SUBSIDIZE THE AVALANCHE OF MORE ILLEGAL ALIENS.

    Oh! And here comes the (ACLU) American Communist Lawyers Union out of the rancid woodwork, full of Marxist and Anarchist believing we should pay for illegal aliens who come here?

    One of our greatest deterrents is for American workers to become a “WHISTLE BLOWER” to identify illegal labor in your company’s domain. Then call ICE or even your Police Department. If not satisfied, leave a message with NumbersUSA as they have people in Washington.

    Throw out every politician who condone the 20 million plus illegal aliens and expeditiously dispatch to the street every Governor, Mayor, Police Chief and every elected official and replace them with genuine patriotic American Tea Party activists. The TEA PARTY is all Americans and legally accepted resident. We are a nation of laws that President Obama and his Czarist retinue seem to not accept. Both Republican leaders and Democrats, with a sprinkling of hard core Liberals have failed us for decades. Call every State Representative and Washington, to stop this parody of our laws. Very urgent is we must be vigilant of illegal aliens voting in our elections. Four States election results were compromised in the previous midterm election.Ron Paul has just been determined as soft on Illegal immigration, according to his latest book. He has probably wrecked his chances in the eyes of Pro-Sovereignty members in NumbersUSA, the Tea Party and others. However Sen. Rand Paul in his letter to me, stated, ” “I also believe that subsidizing something creates more of it, and I do not think the American taxpayer should be forced to pay for welfare, medical care and other expenses for illegal immigrants. I will work to stop those taxpayer funded benefits.”

    See the truth and not lies at NumbersUSA website. Sanctuary states as California are screaming about 30.000 teachers being laid off, but if they were not flooded with millions of illegal invaders they wouldn’t have this almost unfathomable problem? How many other States have massive deficits like California, with a 26 billion dollar deep red ink? We will always take to our hearts newly arrived–LEGALLY PROCESSED highly skilled labor that will not be leeching welfare services. There will never, ever be a place in America who steals past poorly manned borders or on expired travel visas. Our nation has become a universal magnet for every economic migrant and immigrant worldwide, with free access to schools for their children and free meals at school, free health care, plus food stamps, fraudulent tax rebates, home care and every other conceivable benefit that States and the federal government offers.

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