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A sampling of news stories related to illegal immigrants and illegal immigration:
- Utah’s Governor Gary Herbert says he’ll sign an immigration bill into law in the next session if he remains the governor. He said he favors punishing businesses that hire illegal immigrants. (Fox 10 Phoenix)
- 8 University of California students and 1 professor were arrested in an anti-Arizona SB 1070 protest in Santa Barbara. They were calling for the Arizona law to be repealed and the Santa Barbara City council to declare itself a sanctuary city. (Fox 10 Phoenix)
- An Arizona woman has been charged with child smuggling. She allegedly tried to smuggle three girls in to the country from Mexico presenting her own nieces birth certificates as ID for the three girls. The woman has told police she was doing it to pay off a debt she owed.
- Saturday will bring rallies to the Phoenix area both for and against Arizona’s new SB 1070 anti-illegal immigration law. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka will be speaking against SB 1070 while support for the law will include people from the Tea Party movement. Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon inflames the issues, again, by claiming both sides will be “armed” with “anarchists” on one side and “neo-Nazis” on the other. Way to go Phil!
- AZ Central is reporting that families are packing up and moving out of Arizona due to the passage of SB 1070. Illegals who have been here and subsequently had children (who are legal citizens) are now wary of staying in Arizona. There is no mention if any of these illegal immigrant parents have ever attempted to gain citizenship.
- A PUBLIC community college in California is offering scholarships to immigrants, including illegal immigrants. The scholarships, offered by Santa Ana College, require students to have “a 3.0 or higher grade point average, demonstrate a financial need and must also be trying to become an American citizen.”
- It looks more likely that the Justice Department will be challenging Arizona’s new SB 1070 law even though the attorney general of the state has asked them not to go there. Five separate law suits have already been filed against SB 1070. It’s amazing the opposition to this law which is MORE lenient than the federal immigration law which the government hasn’t been able, or has chosen not to, enforce. Justice officials have spoken with both Attorney General Terry Goddard (Dem.) and Governor Jan Brewer’s aides.
- Today, in the tradition of the Friday afternoon data dump, it was released that the Obama administration is now asking the Supreme Court of the United States to review Arizona’s “Legal Arizona Workers Act,” also know as the “Employer Sanctions Act.” This law, which went into effect in January of 2008, imposes stiff fines and possible license suspension or revocation against any Arizona business that knowingly or intentionally hires a person who is not legally eligible for work in the U.S. (i.e. illegal immigrants). The law has already withstood challenges in the lower courts, but now the Obama administration wants the SCOTUS to review it. A little antagonizing against Arizona because of its newly passed SB 1070, you think?