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Report: Tough laws don’t make illegal immigrants ‘self-deport’

Strong family ties, the cost of returning to their native countries and fewer economic opportunities back home have kept illegal immigrants in the U.S., despite strict immigration laws here, a new report claims. The report said tough laws like Arizona’s SB 1070 do not prompt illegal immigrants to “self-deport.”... Read more»

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Feb 23, 2012, 10:07 am
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I am sick to death of all the smear and spin of SB1070 being referred to as an “immigration law” when it’s just now. The Sentinel promises us news without spin. And, in most cases, they fulfill that promise. But the Sentinel really has to stop republishing this crap that incorrectly identifies SB1070 as an “immigration law”.

That said, I am a strong advocate of SB1070 and similar laws. However, I’ve known from the start that laws like SB1070 don’t cause anyone to self-deport. If a border jumper is going to disrespect our country, our laws, and our sovereignty, then one more state law isn’t gonna make a damn bit of difference to someone of such low character.

Feb 23, 2012, 12:10 pm
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@Bret Linden

This report isn’t solely about SB1070, but about the entire gamut of laws and regulations that cover both legal and illegal immigrants, and their effect on the population.

The legislative purpose of SB 1070 was to cause people to self-deport:

“The legislature declares that the intent of this act is to make attrition through enforcement the public policy of all state and local government agencies in Arizona. The provisions of this act are intended to work together to discourage and deter the unlawful entry and presence of aliens and economic activity by persons unlawfully present in the United States.”

Feb 23, 2012, 12:13 pm
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...and said that laws like SB 1070, Arizona’s omnibus immigration law, make policing more difficult.

Not only was it called an “immigration law”, but the adjective “omnibus” was thrown in. It wasn’t quoting someone, and this isn’t in the opinion section.

The prosecution rests.

Feb 23, 2012, 2:22 pm
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I don’t believe that SB1070 is an immigration law, because it doesn’t address how someone would legally immigrate to the great nation of Arizona.  It is not a national law, and because only national law covers immigration, it simply cannot be an immigration law.  Although the additional title could be cause for some confusion.  ARTICLE 8.  ENFORCEMENT OF IMMIGRATION LAWS. Other people may think that it is an immigration law because it affects immigrants by requiring documentation.  I can understand that.

It certainly fits within the definition of omnibus, because it is all over the place discussing traffic violations to employer rules.

Now, is it good law?  Well, no. It is not, because it doesn’t build upon a working relationship with the entity that is responsible for immigration.  The fact that that entity doesn’t want to enforce the law in the same way that people in Arizona do means that this law is unenforceable, which makes it bad law.  Bad law causes turmoil and wasted resources, which is not an effective way of achieving a goal.

So, do we roll over?  No, but making bad law is a stupid political grandstanding waste of time.  We may not like the feds, be unless we decide to become Arizonastan, we need to work with them.

Feb 23, 2012, 2:28 pm
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cooperation is a two-way street. I think the feds have made it very clear that they’re not willing to do their part. They’ve beefed up the border a little bit, but by their own admission they’re not worried about the ones already here.

If someone spray-painted graffiti on your house, do you just let it sit there? Do you say to yourself “I didn’t put it there, so I’m not going to clean it up and it can just stay there”? Do you worry about offending the tagger that vandalized your house? Applying your logic to this analogy, it appears as if you would. But, I wouldn’t.

We have a mess here, and it needs to be cleaned up. It’s on the feds to clean it up, sure. But if they won’t clean it up, then we’re left with a choice to either let the mess just stay there or clean it up ourselves. I prefer the latter.

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According to this chart from the Pew Hispanic Center, almost half of illegal immigrants live with a child, compared to less than a third of native-born U.S. citizens.


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