Arizona Is Taking the Flak

Almost a year later, the predictions of a tidal wave of state immigration-enforcement laws haven’t panned out. While some states may have push for anti-immigration bills, during Arizona’s heated days, little to nothing has changed in the U.S. According to the National Council of State Legislatures, only 28 states have introduced immigration bills this year, but little has change in immigration legislation. Among those strong states are Utah and Georgia, both whom introduced a vast number bills similar to SB1070 or other anti-immigrations laws. But in Arizona those who seem most negatively affected include small businesses and of course illegal immigrants.

During it’s early passage, SB 1070 spurred hundreds, and perhaps thousands, of immigrant families to leave Arizona and many immigrants say they are still planning to leave, either because they are afraid of being deported or because they can’t find jobs due to the economy and tougher immigration enforcement. So good riddance to those illegal’s, but does it really mean they left or have they gone elsewhere within the U.S. The most probable cause is that they moved somewhere else within the U.S. and they are still here. Other immigrants have been forced to live “underground,” making a living by selling used clothing or other items, standing at corners and living off $30-$40 dollars a day and at times even nothing. Often they will stay home in fear that if a police officer happens to stop them, they may get deported. Illegal or not, no one deserves to live in fear and these drastic measures are making it hard for people in the business world to make profits.

Though many large firms and businesses said to feel no impact from the bill, small businesses state other wise. “sales to supermarkets and grocery stores that cater to Latinos dropped 20 percent in the wake of SB 1070. “Eggs are not easily substituted, so it wasn’t that there was some other foodstuff that was being substituted,” he said. “It was a real loss of consumption because the people aren’t here any more.”

And while these small owners face it hard Rep. John Kavanagh says “”It makes me feel good, “Mr. Hickman (will have to) have less hens. I am not going to maintain a large population of illegal immigrants who drain our economy and cost us in benefits just so that Mr. Hickman can sell 20 percent more in eggs.”

But for those “illegals” who still remain in Arizona, good news awaits them. Because the author, Arizona state Senate President, Russell Pearce is facing recall and his bill SB1070 isn’t receiving the support it once had. Nonpartisan group Citizens for a Better Arizona, co-chaired by a Republican and a Democrat, say they are on track to meet the May 31st deadline to submit the 7,756 signatures required for the recall election of Senate President Pearce. More sad for the Senate President is that a Republican groups  have been on the look out for similar signatures. Arizonans for a Better Government (a Republican group)has been collecting recall petition signatures. Some of their efforts have shifted to recruit and groom potential Republican candidates to challenge Pearce in the recall. The possibility is for a recall is high, it makes sense, why else would anyone be on the look out to challenge the Senate President.

And people who once supported the Senate President now say “I thought [Pearce] would be the answer to [immigration] problems, but now he wants to let people bring guns into our schools, and they gave money to businesses to build more houses”  Recent bills proposed by Senate President Pearce have been vetoed by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer. Such Bills would have allowed guns on Arizona College Campuses and another included a birther bill.

 Things aren’t looking too well for the Senate President and these efforts to get him out are progressing well. As for the SB 1070, Legislation is working on drastic revisions and it won’t be long before it moves up to U.S. Supreme Court for even harsher changes. A year later what you see in Arizona is lost population, businesses, and business investments, is that what SB 1070 called for?

Senate Bill 1070

Purpose:

“Requires officials and agencies of the state and political subdivisions to fully comply with and assist in the enforcement of federal immigration laws and gives county attorneys subpoena power in certain investigations of employers. Establishes crimes involving trespassing by illegal aliens, stopping to hire or soliciting work under specified circumstances, and transporting, harboring or concealing unlawful aliens, and their respective penalties”

A purpose for an issue that affects the State of Arizona more than any other state in this country. But the matter of the fact is that the issue is not being handled/addressed properly: Border Safety. And when will a “real” solution come about, no one can give a direct answer. Not even the president of the United States. And currently this issue is being “treated, ” but with the wrong policy. Though a metaphor, it’s like giving someone aspirin to treat a brain tumor. The pain may go away for some time, but the tumor won’t, after it’s treated properly.

And why the wrong policy you may ask? Have you read the bill? It may be vital to do so, and not only because this post is basis, but because it’s best one have clear background on the current treatment for border safety in Arizona.

Senate Bill 1070 is composed of 16 pages all which contain specific information on the legal proceedings one maybe held accountable for if

a. one attempts to or helps an unauthorized alien

b. knowingly hires and unauthorized alien

But is not limited to explain the proceedings for those detained and present in the U.S illegally.

And so why is this not the right treatment? On a basis of points I shall address what I feel the bill fails to define and how some of the solutions to the identification of unauthorized alien workers is not the best of all.

POINT ONE: Section 2.B Page 1: What is considered “reasonable suspicion” for one to be considered an “alien who is unlawfully present in the United States” ? Not a single sub point, section, or continence define this statement. What is the officer to look to for reasonable suspicion? Physical attributes: Is this another Latino issue? And who is the main target: Mexicans or people who look like them. But is this not racism?

POINT TWO: Section 2.E Page 1: A Law Enforcement Officer, without a warrant, may arrest a person if the officer has probable cause to believe the person has committed any public offence…” What is probable cause? So I know you may be thinking I am questioning the definition of simple terms, but in the case where one is stopped for a probable cause, one has no ideas what may be, I feel like the need for a clear definition is needed. And what goes to say that this arrest won’t go beyond immigration. Because it statement this arrest requires no warrant from an officer, only “probable cause”

POINT THREE: Section 7. I Page 13: “…proof of verifying the employment authorization of an employee through e-verify program,” let stop at e-verify. In brief, e-verify is a program that allows employers to run a check on the validity of social security numbers. Often employers run this check but often won’t consider to check if the name and the social match. It cost employers time and also money, so the checking stops as soon as the social security number comes out as valid. And if “valid” is all that is required to prove the legal employment of a person, then that’s a loophole in the system.

Beyond these points there is much more that one should consider, and as simple as these point may seem, they all are the current flawed attempt to treat an issue that continues today. People will continue to come to the U.S. illegally. This immigration matter isn’t all about border security, it’s also about the people who are already here. These people may be undocumented students who need a job for an education or they maybe people who want a better life other than the one in their home country. The immigration system has been broken for a long time and border security, while it is needed, does nothing to solve the underlying problem.

“Illegal Alien”

A term with a harsh connotation. A term with single a classification: CRIMINAL.

And in all sense under many laws, illegal aliens are criminals but the crime has greater meaning than anyone would consider. Back in their homeland these criminals were facing poverty, rape, and/or famine. When they heard the US could offer something better they embarked on a path toward that better life. Leaving behind their family and even risking their own life to get here.

But once here in the US their classification became a greater crime. A crime that legal US citizens look down on. Simply because many consider illegal aliens to be: Drug dealers, pimps or rapists.

So when legislation brings in proposals to create a path for legal residency, the bills are never passed. In my due opinion, I feel that the issue has a lot to do with the term and what comes to mind when it is talked about. The term alone sounds awful, harsh and degrading, low and unwanted.

And you hear of these stories in the news and how anti-immigration bills make the US “safer,” But what sense, may I ask, because these illegal aliens are already here. And what what’s also not considered is that they are honors students trying to get an education, they are the farm workers who picked the fruit on your table, they are the cooks who made your food at the restaurant, and they are the maids who vacuumed your carpet clean.

So let’s get more personal here. This last, lame duck session when the DREAM Act failed to pass, did you consider the students, the maids, and the farm workers? I do hope so. Because those people aren’t here to ask for free welfare and they aren‘t here to take your job. These illegal aliens came here looking for a better life and an education.

An education that means more purpose than it’s use. Just in students alone an estimated “65,000 young people in the United States graduate from high school” as undocumented students (illegal aliens). In many cases these illegal aliens “watch their friends go off to college or work, and discover that it is [almost] impossible for them to do the same”

A mother voice tells you that she brought her children here for a better life and she “can’t imagine my [her] in Colombia. They think like Americans, and it wouldn’t be fair to them, with their desire for educations.” –

In grand regards I agree, it’s NOT fair. It’s unfair that such classification places all illegal aliens on the same boat, because not all of them are the same. And many of them are students, students who are trying to make the most who what is offered to them.

But what is much more sad is the fact that a “generation of undocumented children is coming of age, and lawmakers haven’t figured out such cases should be treated. Some states have considered whether to extend in-state college tuition benefits to illegal students; but such proposals haven’t gotten very far. On the federal level, a bipartisan group of senators and representatives sponsored bills like Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors, or DREAM, Act.” But still nothing…

And these students are waiting and fighting, they haven’t lost hope. Recently in California, the California Dream Act (add link to my post) passed the California’s state Assembly. These undocumented students are not taking the slots of Americans. They still have to pay their own way. And yet, some still refer to them as criminals.

Regardless, the state Senate is expected to pass the California Dream Act and there is a good chance Gov. Jerry Brown will sign it into law.”

And yet the term is only but the greatest struggle that keeps legislation from any reform.