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President Barack Obama called anew for overhauling the nation’s immigration laws, saying a failure to do so will lead to “misguided” efforts such as legislation passed in Arizona.
“Our failure to act responsibly at the federal level will only open the door to irresponsibility by others,” Obama said at a Rose Garden naturalization ceremony for 24 members of the U.S. military. “That includes, for example, the recent efforts in Arizona.”
Arizona's immigration law, now considered the toughest in the nation, makes it a state crime to be in the country illegally and requires local police to enforce federal immigration laws. It will require anyone whom police suspect of being in the country illegally to produce "an alien registration document," such as a green card
or other proof of citizenship, such as a passport or Arizona driver's license.
From Obama's response, It sounds like Obama is concerned that local official will have "too much time on their hands" to "harass" people they think could be illegal, off of a hunch.
Title IV. Legalizing Undocumented Immigrants
Legalization: The bill creates a legalization program for qualified undocumented immigrants (and their
spouses and children):
• Those who qualify would receive a conditional nonimmigrant visa which is valid for six years.
This visa allows legalized immigrants with work and travel authorization and protection from
• To qualify, an applicant must:
o Establish they have been in the U.S. illegally before December 15, 2009.
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Originally posted by TrueAmerican
In an interview with a local TV station, Representative Stephen E. Sandstrom (R) Orem, Utah stated that he would like to sponsor the exact same immigration legislation that has now been signed into law in Arizona:
Provides temporary visas and work authorization for detained workers when they have been targeted by their employer for asserting their rights if they agree to pursue labor claims against their employer. Expands U visa protections for whistleblowers.
Repeals the 287(g) program and clarifies that only the federal government has the authority to enforce federal immigration law.
Ensures social service agencies, translators, and legal services are available during enforcement activities, and establishes access to legal orientation programs for all detained immigrants.
Protects access to counsel during enforcement activities and for disabled individuals unable to fully participate in removal proceedings.
Reclassifies spouses and children of lawful permanent residents as immediate relatives.
All bars related to undocumented status – such as using a false Social Security number -- will be waived (but security and criminal bars cannot be waived).
Originally posted by DaddyBare
Someone should remind Mister Obama it's not just drug dealers and grownups looking for work. here in the southwest we have a big human trafficking problem. Just yesterday Fri, they shut down a hotel in Albuquerque where teenaged girls had been brought across the border and forced into prostitution...
Heck remember a heart wrenching story a few years back about a nine year old little girl found wandering in a rest area. seems a man had bought her to be a sex slave, had the girl delivered to the border where he picked her up. after raping her a few times I guess he got scared he be caught with a child that wasnt his, so dumped the child in a highway rest area!
No sir I say good for AZ check those papers make sure they are who they say they are. I say good for New Mexico turning out the National guard to help patrol the border, and Texas for soon to do the same...
This has to stop.