Saturday, May 01, 2010

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer Signs Amended Immigration Enforcement Bill, HB 2162, Which Eliminates Profiling Aspect Of SB 1070

In response to a rising crescendo of criticism of SB 1070 originating primarily from illegal immigrants and their advocates, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has now signed an amended version of the bill, designated HB 2162. This means SB 1070 is now SUPERSEDED by HB 2162. Read my previous post for a full explanation of SB 1070. Full stories from the Arizona Republic and CNN. Discussion taking place on Stormfront.

If you want to express support for Governor Jan Brewer, visit JanBrewer.com and sign the petition of support entitled "Support Arizona's Immigration Reform" in the upper left hand corner. You need not be a resident of Arizona to do this.

HB 2162 bars race from being considered when deciding whether to inquire about a person's status, "except to the extent permitted by the United States or Arizona Constitution." The bill also clarifies that law-enforcement officers shall inquire about the immigration status only of those they "stop, detain or arrest." The earlier bill simply said "contact." The change is designed to allay fears that officers would have to examine the papers of anyone they spoke to, including crime victims and witnesses.

HB 2162 also specifies that a law-enforcement officer would be required to determine the immigration status of a person involved in a municipal or county code violation. The change led to speculation that municipal code-enforcement officers might be required to inquire about residents' legal status, which the Governor's Office denied.

What this means is that immigration status will now receive secondary enforcement. HB 2162 specifically bars a cop from stopping someone simply because he "looks like an illegal immigrant". The cop will have to observe another violation of the law first before making the stop. After making the stop for another reason, the cop is then authorized to enquire into the immigration status of the detainee. Because of Arizona's proximity to Mexico, and because the majority of illegals are Hispanic, it is expected, and logical, that persons of Hispanic appearance will be snagged more often than others, particularly if they speak accented English or no English at all.

This is why, despite the progressive spin to the contrary, a majority of Hispanics in Arizona support the tough new law. Rasmussen estimates that 63 percent of Hispanics support the law. The caveat: There is no specific category for "Hispanics" listed; there's White, Black, and Other. The majority of Other can be presumed to be Hispanic.

And CNN interviewed two Hispanics who support the law. Sue Schwartz, a retired USPS worker, says undocumented workers are taking jobs from citizens like her teenage granddaughter, who hasn't been able to find a job since she began looking after she turned 15, in part because she doesn't speak Spanish. But Schwartz and some other Americans with Hispanic backgrounds who spoke with CNN say the problem with illegal immigrants isn't just the jobs they take. It's how they're overrunning towns like Phoenix, turning them into "mini-Mexicos" with their trash-filled streets and loud music, according to Schwartz. Of equal concern to her friend, Martha Payan, is how she claims illegal immigrants "fleece" government coffers by collecting welfare on multiple children, or vanish without a trace after an arrest or a hospital visit.

During an interview with Channel 12 (KPNX) on Friday April 30th, Gov. Brewer again spoke out against those who are critical of the legislation. "There's hysteria out there, and people need to take a breath and see what our laws actually say, read them and understand them," Brewer said. "Our law mirrors federal law. So, why is it bad for Arizona to mirror federal law? No one was crying out in the wilderness about the federal law being wrong or racial profiling. I don't get it. It's spin." Watch KPNX news video below:



Governor Brewer also discussed various threats to boycott Arizona. Major league baseball has been hinting at the prospect of moving the All-Star Game out of Phoenix in 2011. Not that such a move would be meaningful; real baseball fans stopped caring about the All-Star Game years ago when it became nothing more than a glorified popularity contest. But both San Francisco and the Denver School District have banned official work travel by its employees to Arizona. Notice how the Denver School Superintendent claims the "community" is outraged; it's common for liberals to hide behind the "community". There is no evidence that the Denver "community" is outraged.

4 comments:

  1. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF ARIZONA IMMIGRATION REFORM LAW HB 2162 OR SB 1070 SHOULD STAND BEHIND GOVERNOR JAN BREWER BY TAKING A LONG VACATION IN ARIZONA TO COUNTER THE BOYCOTTERS...

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  2. I saw Jay Leno at Correspondent Dinner his best line was; “That was my favorite story (this year) Republicans and a Lesbian bondage club. It’s ironic, Republicans don’t want lesbian getting married but they do like watching them “tie the knot”. So I thought that was interesting.”

    You can say the same about Tea Party, they say they respect the Constitution, Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence but they do not mind passing laws, through weak Governors (no one ever voted for this crazy) who only care about getting reelected on the backs of undocumented workers, that will not pass Constitution muster, just like Arizona’s House Bill 2779 from two years ago, keep passing them Arizona and the rest of us will continue to challenged them in the courts and you will lose again (and yes we will boycott you!). Their phony patriotism is sickening; they are just racists going by another name. We all know you are just itching to put a sheet on their head? Let’s face it the Republicans had eight years to deal with health care, immigration, climate change and financial oversight and governance and they failed. It appears that the Republican Party is only good at starting wars (two in eight years, with fat contracts to friends of Cheney/Bush) but not at winning wars as seen by the continuing line of body bags that keep coming home. The Republicans party will continue turned inward to their old fashion obstructionist party (and their Confederacy appreciation roots) because they continue to allow a small portions (but very loud portion) of their party of “birthers, baggers and blowhards” to rule their party. I will admit that this fringe is very good at playing “Follow the Leader” by listening to their dullard leaders, Beck, Hedgecock, Hannity, O’Reilly, Rush, Savage, Sarah Bailin, Orly Taitz, Victoria Jackson, Michele Bachmann and the rest of the Blowhards and acting as ill programmed robots (they have already acted against doctors that perform abortions). The Birthers and the Tea party crowd think they can scare, intimidate and force others to go along with them by comments like “This time we came unarmed”, let me tell you something not all ex-military join the fringe militia crazies who don’t pay taxes and run around with face paint in the parks playing commando, the majority are mature and understand that the world is more complicated and grey than the black and white that these simpleton make it out to be and that my friend is the point. The world is complicated and people like Hamilton, Lincoln, and Roosevelt believed that we should use government a little to increase social mobility, now it’s about dancing around the claim of government is the problem. The sainted Reagan passed the biggest tax increase in American history and as a result federal employment increased, but facts are lost when mired in mysticism and superstition. For a party that gave us Abraham Lincoln, it is tragic that the ranks are filled with too many empty suits and the crazy Birthers who have not learned that the way our courts work is that you get a competent lawyer, verifiable facts and present them to a judge, if the facts are real and not half baked internet lies, then, and only then, do you proceed to trial. The Birthers seem to be having a problem with their so called “facts”. Let’s face it no one will take the Birthers seriously until they win a case, but until then, you will continue to appear dumb, crazy or racist, or maybe all three. I heard that Orly Taitz now wants to investigate the “Republican 2009 Summer of Love” list: Assemblyman, Michael D. Duvall (CA), Senator John Ensign (NV), Senator Paul Stanley (TN), Governor Mark Stanford (SC), Board of Ed Chair, and Kristin Maguire AKA Bridget Keeney (SC), she wants to re-establish a family values party, that’s like saying that the Catholic Church cares about the welling being of children in their care, too late for that.

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  3. Poornima Wagh5/05/2010 11:06 AM

    I think as I've pointed out before, a lot of Alaskans have been brainwashed by the media in this country, which has a strong socialist/liberal agenda. If the United States keeps doling out amnesty to illegals, soon you will not have a United States as we know it, it will and is slowly becoming a third world country such as Mexico. I'm not against immigration, I'm just against illegal immigration. We need to take in highly competent, educated and productive immigrants from other countries, not rice pickers and uneducated idiots that come out of third world countries. If that is racism, then so be it. I'm an immigrant myself, but a legal one, and these bastards from countries like Mexico coming here illegally, are hurting my opportunities and every other lawful American's chances of affording a good prosperous life.

    Concerned citizen.

    Poornima Wagh

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  4. The real flaw in the logic here is that some folks believe that the violence and illegal activity is due to undocumented workers. In reality, violent crime is down in Arizona but the media and the hard-liners in AZ make sure that if an undocumented worker is involved, it’s big news, but the facts are that violent crime has slowed in the last few years in AZ. The law passed isn’t going to stop the real problem which are drug runners and smugglers, It isn’t even going to slow them down.

    There was a great article in the LA Times featuring an interview with an ex-Phoenix cop who had to deal with these issues. (http://www.latimes.com/news/local/immigration/la-me-0502-lopezcolumn-20100502%2C0%2C2732982.column)

    And he said it very plainly after a white cop was killed: “I told people that it’s not whites or Hispanics who killed Marc,” he said back then. “It’s drug-dealing cop killers. The issue isn’t ethnicity — it’s crime and drugs.”

    And this is the real problem with this law is that it doesn’t address the real issue, at all.

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