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April 29

Tough Arizona law puts immigration reform back on front burner in U.S.

Posted by Mahir
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WASHINGTON – The long-simmering issue of immigration reform is on full boil throughout the United States with politicians in five states calling on their legislatures to pass Arizona-style immigration laws regardless of U.S. President Barack Obama’s concerns about civil rights violations. While Mexico and civic leaders in liberal American cities have called for an economic and tourism boycott of Arizona health insurance, legislators in Texas, Utah, Georgia, Ohio and Maryland are lauding the state’s move and pushing for similar laws.

The controversial legislation, signed into law last week by Arizona’s governor, requires immigrants to carry documents verifying their status in the United States. It also requires police officers to question people about their immigration status if there is “reasonable suspicion” they might be in the country illegally, something critics say amounts to state-sanctioned racial profiling.

But stateside, lawmakers say they’ve been forced into action by a federal government that has buried its head in the sand about the problem of illegal immigration, particularly in states that border Mexico, where countless Mexicans have made their way into those jurisdictions illegally. In Arizona alone, there’s an estimated 460,000 illegal Mexican immigrants. The first priority for any elected official is to make sure that the safety and security of Texans is well-established,” Texas lawmaker Debbie Riddle said earlier this week as she vowed to push for tough new anti-immigration laws in her state.

I’m real proud of Arizona,” David Swinford, Texas’s former state affairs committee chairman, told the Houston Chronicle. “A lot of this stuff we wanted to do, we just couldn’t do, because I didn’t want Texas going bankrupt trying to defend it in the courts… Arizona can take it to the courts.” Others expressed fear that the illegal immigration problem will soon be deposited on their doorsteps thanks to Arizona.

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