I believe this piece of legislation is a good one in combating ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION. Notice that I said ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION because there's this stigma that if you're against illegal immigration then you must be racist. This stigma REALLY bothers me. My ancestors immigrated to the United States from Germany, but they did it LEGALLY. I have no problem whatsoever with someone wanting to come to America and make a better life for their selves and their family, I just ask that it is done legally.
Now, President Obama has publicly denounced this piece of legislation, and he's been lobbied by special interest groups to block the bill. If this happens, this is a CLEAR and BLATANT infringement of states' rights. FYI...70% of Arizonans favor this bill.
UPDATE 3:30 p.m. -- Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has signed S.B. 1070, the tough immigration enforcement bill, into law during a press conference this afternoon.
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has until Saturday to sign or veto the nation's toughest illegal immigration bill, and it appears she'll announce her decision at a press conference later today. The bill would make it a crime to be in the state illegally and gives authority to local police to enforce federal immigration laws. A Rasmussen poll revealed that 70% of Arizona likely voters support the bill.
In addition to expanding the authority of local police, the bill, first offered by Sen. Russell Pearce, would also crackdown on day laborers and those who transport illegal aliens. Arizona has an estimated 460,000 illegal aliens, which ranks 7th nationally.
"Illegal is illegal," said Sen. Pearce. "We'll have less crime. We'll have lower taxes. We'll have safer neighborhoods. We'll have shorter lines in the emergency rooms. We'll have smaller classrooms."
While opponents from outside Arizona pressure Gov. Brewer, she has to consider the ramifications of her decision on her future as Arizona governor. Gov. Brewer is in a primary battle before she can run for re-election in the fall, and her primary opponent has already expressed his support for the bill. Senator John McCain, who is also in a primary battle, has publicly supported the bill.
On Thursday, Gov. Brewer announced a new border security plan that would include an increase in border patrolling by the National Guard and the use of $10 million of stimulus funds to assist local law enforcement in the border regions.