Illegal Immigrant/Immigration News Roundup — May 18, 2010

Posted on May 18, 2010

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A sampling of news stories related to illegal immigrants and illegal immigration:

  • Calling Los Angeles’ bluff on their boycott of Arizona over Arizona’s new S.B. 1070 law, Arizona Corporation Commission member Gary Pierce has seen fit to write a letter to L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.  In his letter, Mr. Pierce suggests that since about 25% of the electricity consumed by the city of Los Angeles is produced in Arizona, the Arizona Corporation Commission would be happy to take all those electrons off of L.A.’s hands so LA. may remain true to its boycott of all things Arizona.  How much do you think the residents of L.A. will appreciate a 25% cut in their supply of electricity with the onset of summer and the potential of brown-outs?  As the old song goes, “Hot time summer in the city.”
  • A southern Arizona man who admitted to helping smuggle illegal immigrants into the country for almost TWO DECADES was sentenced to 3 years in prison today.
  • The Federation for American Immigration Reform has released a new study showing a massive increase in the cost of illegal immigration in Arizona.  The NET cost of illegal immigration rose from $1.2 billion annually in 2005 to $2.7 billion annually in 2010. Keep in mind these numbers are NET and just for Arizona.
  • The Associated Press is reporting that illegal crossings into Arizona from Mexico are on the rise, up 6% from October.  Although the story cites the improving American economy as a reason, my bet would be the expectation of “amnesty” to all those in the country illegally since Congress and the President have been talking up “immigration reform.”
  • Continuing in the Obama administration’s current tradition of criticizing Arizona’s new anti-illegal immigration law, S.B. 1070, without even having read it, add State Department spokesman, P. J. Crowley, to the list.  Mr. Crowley is just the latest offender.  Both, Department of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano and United States Attorney General, Eric Holder, have both admitted to not reading Arizona’s approximately 12-page law, but still found plenty of opportunity to criticize it.
  • Monday, May 17, Seattle, Washington  jumped on the boycott Arizona wagon over Arizona’s S.B. 1070 law.   But, as it turns out, the boycott was written to exclude the one major contract the city has with an Arizona company.  Regardless, the city council was given a standing ovation for its 7-0 vote.  Way to stand for the courage of your convictions there, Seattle.