Arizona's controversial anti-immigration policy has led an unusual life
in the world of American punditry. The first reactions nation-wide were furious
Even some Arizona-based writers condemned the law
For a few days, discussion centered not on the law's merits but skipped
directly to debating how best to
. Gradually, some commentators began urging sympathy for
, citing its lack of federal funding and complicated internal
politics. And now, it seems, we've gone full circle: Several other
states are considering similar legislation and many conservatives are
rallying behind the bill.
- 7 States Considering
AZ-Like Law Think Progress' Andrea Nill does the
research. "Many states and localities across the country are in fact
in the middle of or about to embark on copy cat pieces of legislation."
She finds a common element: "the involvement of the Immigration Reform
Law Institute (IRLI) — the legal arm of a designated nativist-extremist hate
group." She says IRLI is pushing the states to hire them to work on
anti-immigration laws, which have become a "profit-making venture" for the
- Mexico Warns Against Travel to Arizona CNN's
Jack Cafferty boasts, "Arizona's tough new immigration
law hasn't even gone into effect yet,
and it's already working: Mexico has issued an alert for Mexicans
traveling to Arizona. The
country is urging its citizens to be careful... that they may be
'harassed and questioned without further cause at any time' should they
go to Arizona."
- Illegal Day Laborers Fleeing Arizona? The
Associated Press Amanda Lee Myers writes,
"Many day laborers like Diaz say they will leave Arizona because of the
law, which also makes it a state crime to be in the U.S. illegally and
directs police to question people about their immigration status if
there is reason to suspect they are illegal immigrants. ... An estimated
100,000 illegal immigrants have left Arizona in the past two years as
it cracked down on illegal immigration and its economy was especially
hard hit by the Great Recession."
- Could Aid Arizona
Unemployment RedState's Tabitha Hale writes, "Now, don’t get me wrong, I have some reservations regarding
this bill, but this is not one of them. It’s exactly what the law was
supposed to do! It’s a crack down on illegal laborers in an attempt to
help those that are here legally. Let’s all wait for the media to
report on Arizona’s upcoming decrease in unemployment… or maybe not."
Governor Candidate Campaigns on Similar Law The Colorado
Independent's Joseph Boven reports,
"Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott McInnis said that if he were
governor, he would seek to pass the same kind of harsh anti-illegal
immigration laws recently passed in Arizona." McInnis said on the radio:
here is a Governor who has stood up to it and said, "Look if you have a
system that is going to work you have to have some kind of
repercussions or some kind of circumstances or consequences when
somebody steps outside of the system illegally." So I think that this
governor–I know she is catching all sort of flack. Most of it is unfair.
Most of it is ice guard. Most of it all this kind of stuff– but the
fact is she finally stood up and said the federal government needs to do
what they are required to do. And the federal government is not doing
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