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Arizona Immigration Law: Lies & Divides

May 21, 2010 By: Keiron Jackman Category: Immigration, Politics

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April 23, 2010 will go down in history as the day the United States of America took a step back to an era prior to 1960’s Civil Rights, and into the days of Jim Crow; a dark era of open and legalized discrimination. Arizona, in a rather nefarious manner, attempted to address illegal immigration in its state by passing SB 1070, which was signed into law by Republican Governor, Jan Brewer. Though many are in support of the spirit of the law, the law shamefully goes too far and further tarnished the Republican Party’s legacy on civil rights and its adherence to the liberties promised in the United States Constitution. Ultimately this is an attempt to once again divide the people in order to secure national gains for the minority party, the Republican Party.

Make no mistake the people of the United States are in full support of enforcing the federal immigration laws that are on the books, and if enforced the illegal immigration problem would be significantly curtailed. However, the federal government is fettered by states’ lack the political will to do their share of enforcement. What! Consider the number one reason for emigrating to the United States: economic opportunity and a higher standard of living. This reason far outweighs any other reason for coming to the United States.

The fact of the matter is that Americans are not being honest with themselves. When all is said and done, it’s Americans and American companies that are employing illegal immigrants and creating the environment for illegal immigrants to thrive. How so? By providing a means for illegal immigrants to make a living, and in some cases tax free; employment allows illegal immigrants to earn enough to relocate their families into the United States illegally, further perpetuating the problem. Once families are relocated, like any family, new members are brought into the world on US soil, complicating the situation and making it much harder for those families to be removed; a secret every illegal immigrant knows to be true.

Why have the states failed the American people? Take the case of convicted felons. Most employers, if not all, require an application to acquire a job; and in these applications there are provisions that require the disclosure of the applicant’s social security number, criminal record, employment history, personal references, educational history, and in some cases credit history. Upon employment, the applicants must present a driver’s license and social security card before being able to legally work in the United States. The employer, as required by the state, must check the validity of the information provided by the applicant through various means, often including but not limited to the Social Security Administration, Department of Law Enforcement, and such. The employer can also verify educational and work records. These background checks are not unfamiliar to United States citizens. If applicants were to misrepresent the truth, it is during this verification process they are caught. How stringent these employment checks are, rests mostly on the shoulders of the state with the federal government establishing a baseline.

Returning to the case of convicted felons, it is widely known that convicted felons have a tough time finding employment even when they misrepresent the truth on their applications, largely because the background check reveals the truth about their criminal record. Some states even go further to make sure convicted felons are banned from working in certain places. Companies together with state legislatures make sure, for example, convicted sex offenders cannot work in places that houses or interact with children; banks push to make legal, the practice of keeping former bank robbers, thieves, fraudsters and even individuals with poor credit scores from being employed. These practices have the effect of law. So where is the gall for illegal labor?

If Arizona meant business, they would implement, rather reinforce and strengthen laws that allow code enforcement and compliance officers to randomly search and check businesses, their employment records, employees and such. Rather than harass and violate the rights of individuals in the state, the state is well within its rights to ensure companies are complying with state and federal laws. It is no secret where most illegal immigrants are employed. Most citizens and residents of Arizona know who are the employers of illegal immigrants, and they are well aware of the industries that are most culpable.  Though border crossing amounts to a small portion of the means of getting into the United States on the larger scheme of things, it seems this is what Arizona wanted to address. Nevertheless illegal immigrants are not, for the most part, coming over to the United States to hangout and leech public services; they are coming to work.

Just like restaurants have inspectors that randomly show up to ensure the food safety practices are being followed, and code enforcement keeps an eye on your property to ensure you are not modifying your home in violation of city codes, so can these individuals ensure businesses are complying with state and federal employment practices. Moreover, there are laws that protect whistleblowers when employees report violations of state and or federal employment laws, some even have rewards. Where were those rewards and protections upped in the SB 1070? And given, the information provided in an application an employer has plenty opportunity to verify the identity of the people they employ. If this were not true, there would be an epidemic of felons being employed in places they are supposedly banned.

Therefore, the State of Arizona has hoodwinked their citizens into believing they are truly sincere about stemming illegal immigration. Rather, Arizona is attempting to politicize a hot-button issue in order to make their citizens choose sides, dividing the people, keeping them from uniting against the real culprits in the immigration debate, the politicians themselves and businesses, especially agri-business and the service industry. One must ask, why now? The situation in Arizona has not deteriorated dramatically enough to warrant such a response. Where were the town halls and the public debate of this law, as was demanded for other, less intrusive legislation? This law was ushered in at an opportune time, just before the mid-term elections. Why wasn’t this law considered when Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) was running for president (both times), or during the Bush Administration, when republicans ruled the White House and Congress? Why?

Political Columnist

ALPEBLOG

April 23, 2010 will go down in history as the day the United States of America took a step back to an era prior to 1960’s Civil Rights, and into the days of Jim Crow; a dark era of open and legalized discrimination. Arizona, in a rather nefarious manner, attempted to address illegal immigration in its state by passing SB 1070, which was signed into law by Republican Governor, Jan Brewer. Though many are in support of the spirit of the law, the law shamefully goes too far and further tarnished the Republican Party’s legacy on civil rights and its adherence to the liberties promised in the United States Constitution. Ultimately this is an attempt to once again divide the people in order to secure national gains for the minority party, the Republican Party.

11 Comments to “Arizona Immigration Law: Lies & Divides”


  1. Dexter60 says:

    Amusing spin — The Federal Government is at the root of the problem, not to put too a fine point on it, it is not just illegal but all immigration questions put on hold by a government of good intentions and abysmal failure. Congress, main culprit; the executive branch, second runner up; two-faced McCain is useful for the two-party contest pushers.
    What a load.
    “… the federal government is fettered by states’ lack the political will to do their share of enforcement.”
    Clearly the heat Arizona is getting here and from the political class is not from providing needed ‘unfettering.’
    Arizona is working within the law and its responsibility to its citizens and the citizens of the entire country as well, not something that can be said of California, LA in particular.
    This reads like yet another person who has not read the law in question and certainly not the Federal law on the same topic. Or bothered to check out what is really going on.
    Look at the photos from the protests, even in places where it is illegal to appear in public with a mask to conceal ones identity there they are and not arrested, even with a riot in the making. Are we to take it that the innocent are guilty and the guilty are to be blameless and we are to do nothing but moan and groan because the government has just gotten too corrupt to cope with?
    I think if we really tried we could do a lot better than this article seems to suggest. We certainly pay enough for better than this. We could start by respect for the individual and private property.

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  2. Stephen C says:

    You can’t be serious. Immigration is a Federal Issue and the Federal government has failed to protect our borders or follow their own laws.

    It has done this because it serves the interest of two groups. Employeers who want to pay cheap wages and Liberals who seek to increase their voter base.

    Illegal immigration does not serve the interest of the majority of the American people.

    We have enough poor uneducated people in the US that we need to take care of already.

    Why are liberals content to racially discriminate against the people in the rest of the world? These immigrants have something to offer the Unites States and wish to immigrate here legally. Mexican Immigrants promote their seperat agenda and are not assimilating into US culture.

    If you think Social Security is broke now wait till we add 20 milliuon plus poor uneducated people to the roles. Tack on the cost for healthcare and this country is bust.

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  3. Gary Rhodes says:

    Arizona must be stoped its a racist state why not germans in america carry papers on them proving there not nazis

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  4. Ed Sparks says:

    Practically all countries, except the United States, require inhabitants to carry identity papers. All countries, except the United States, have enforced immigration laws. And to enter a country illegally, whether by walking across a border or overstaying a visitor’s visa shows disrespect for that country.

    It also turns out that many illegal immigrants earn money as “independent contractors” who work for cash payments, paid daily or at the completion of the job. It is common knowledge that more than half of the men employed in the construction industry are “independent contractors”, who pay no taxes or social security. Most of them are ‘undocumented’. Yet they get free health-care at hospital emergency rooms, their children are schooled free, they make use of tax-payer funded roads, etc. They even get free fire and police protection. Other Americans, also working hard, pay taxes for these things, while the law-breaker gets a free ride. This is unjust, not just illegal.

    Many Mexicans sincerely believe that the USA stole Arizona from Mexico and still consider it their country. Americans living in Arizona do not agree and resent the fact that almost a half-million uninvited immigrants, mostly Mexicans, live amongst them. That’s the reason this new law is so popular in Arizona – it has nothing whatever to do with racism. It’s economics and nationalism.

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  5. Lu Kennedy says:

    By the author’s standards, a code enforcement person should be at every medicare/dhs/ss office to ensure that the persons using services paid for by US citizens are actually the individuals with rights to those services. Furthermore they should be in schools to verify that the parents enrolling children in the school system are not illegal, in hospitals to verify before service is rendered that the individuals receiving treatment are n ot illegal, and at voter registration and the voting booth to verify that the individuals voting are the people they say they are. The unique thing about a person who ise willing to be here illegally is that there really is no limit to the lengths that person will go to in order to continue here illegally. Furthermore, how do you know of the businesses that hire illegals to work? Could that be a bit of racial profiling on your part?

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  6. Ed, I think the point is “independent contractors” should not be employed without some kind of papers to prove they have a legal right to work in the US, a 1099 or something. Your comment just proves the writers point that it is the people that employ those in the country illegal that are the biggest part of the problem.

    If they had no jobs, they would not be here.

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  7. The problem is that the immigration laws as they are now are wrong anyways. I know people from other countries with doctorates and advanced degrees with special skills. The best they could get was a brief two year non resident alien even though they wanted to immigrate here. Whats worse is that only one of the two members of a couple i knew could even get that far. The other was told to return home. The other one got tired, got offered a better job in their home country and left due to concerns about stuff like the Arizona law.

    We have had in our history periods where it was fashionable to hire Mexican workers, look up the Braceros program, and then deport them as a political issue. Many people who werent able to provide immediate proof or birth or citizenship were deported even though they were american born.

    The Republicans had 8 years to deal with this, The Dems had a chance to deal with this during clinton. It goes back and back…. its too profitable to have such cheap labor and our current congress, specifically the senate, is so deadlocked that nothing meaningful will be accomplished.

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  8. By the author’s standards, a code enforcement person should be at every medicare/dhs/ss office to ensure that the persons using services paid for by US citizens are actually the individuals with rights to those services. Furthermore they should be in schools to verify that the parents enrolling children in the school system are not illegal, in hospitals to verify before service is rendered that the individuals receiving treatment are n ot illegal, and at voter registration and the voting booth to verify that the individuals voting are the people they say they are. The unique thing about a person who ise willing to be here illegally is that there really is no limit to the lengths that person will go to in order to continue here illegally. Furthermore, how do you know of the businesses that hire illegals to work? Could that be a bit of racial profiling on your part?

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  9. I agree. The root of the problem illegal employers, not illegal immigrants.

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  10. A Legal Hispanic AZ Citizen says:

    Mr Sparks, please take a step back and read between your own lines. As you state: “It is common knowledge that more than half of the men employed in the construction industry are “independent contractors”, who pay no taxes or social security. Most of them are ‘undocumented’.”

    Well I ask you, who hires these independent contractors? The construction companies, home builders, general contractors and average American citizen who is trying to save a dollar by hiring cheaper labor are the ones employing these so called “independent contractors”. So lay some blame on them as well.

    This is an economic issue as much as it is an immigration issue. The root of the problem starts with those who stand to gain from thier (illegal immigrants) existence. The construction, restaurant, fast food, janitorial, farming, dairy and hotel industries who all rely on cheap and dependable labor.

    Those who stand to gain from thier non-existence will strongly support the bill.

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  11. Independent contractors are given F1099’s reporting all money earned during the year, and a copy goes to the IRS. True they don’t have Social Security taken out, but when they file their tax return, which they must because IRS has a record, they pay it then, on the return. If they are here illegally then their employer may conspire to not give them a F1099, in which case they are breaking the law. Employers who give F1099’s instead of W-2’s may do so because they are trying to circumvent taking withholding and paying unemployment and FICA for their employees. the world of independent contractors is complicated. It takes the workers and the employers being complicit to circumvent the tax system. that is why most people feel any laws to prevent hiring illegals must start with the people who employee them.

    I would like to say to those who look so kindly on people who sneak across our borders and ignore our immigration laws, go down to the Mexican border and enter their country illegally and see what happens. They are not as kind as you would like us to be. They not only do not tolerate people who enter illegally they make your life a nightmare and throw you in prison.

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