Poll Question – Arizona's Immigration Law

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At the end of April, 70% of Arizona voters passed SB 1070, known as the Immigration Law.

The new law mirrors federal law, which already requires aliens (non-citizens) to register and carry their documents with them. The new Arizona law simply states that violating federal immigration law is now a state crime as well. Because illegal immigrants are by definition in violation of federal immigration laws, they can now be arrested by local law enforcement in Arizona.

The issue has stirred up quite a controversy around the country, prompting this week's poll question: “Do you support Arizona's recently passed immigration law?”

Let us know what you think. Cast your vote on our homepage, and feel free to leave appropriate comments. Then be sure to tune in to NewsTalk 930 KROE to hear the results this Friday morning on the Jackson Electric Open Line.

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I very much question the

I very much question the legitimacy of a government that refuses to secure it's own borders or enforce it's own laws (unless you are a citizen).

Punish the employers?

A lot of the comments in here advocate punishing employers. I want to know if these same people advocate Real ID and RFID chips for citizens so the employers will have an easy way to determine who is a legitimate citizen? Remember that when you seek to punish employers for hiring illegals you are forcing employers to take a law enforcement role in determining who is legal and who is not. This is an uncompensated mandate for unqualified people to implement a regulation for your benefit.
I suggest we leave law enforcement to the government and build a good physical barrier at the border with controlled access for immigration control. This along with an end to social welfare programs for non citizens and states that will enforce immigration laws would help reduce illegal immigration. Those of us here legally would benefit from not being asked to show our papers every time we turn around.

Just enforce the laws

I think most people would be happy if employers would diligently follow existing laws and not 'knowingly' employ illegals. It's really that simple. I support harsher employer penalties because it hits hard at the root of the problem and is a more cost effective remedy than sympathetic laws, costly border fences and increased bureaucracy. No one is asking employers to become law enforcement officials, but if your livelihood depends on honest good faith efforts and competent record keeping to document a prospective employees work eligibility, then more than likely your going to do so.

As far as this procedure being considered an "uncompensated mandate" for employers, I rather look at it as being "the cost of doing business" or maybe "the cost of staying out of jail". The rest of life is all about choices why should this issue be different. Times have changed and if all of us have to go through a little more effort to document our own well being in an effort to eliminate the devastation being wrought on this country by illegal immigrants, then that's what's going to be needed.

Lastly, I strongly support the position to end social welfare for illegal immigrants and encourage stiffer state immigration laws and enforcement of same. To illustrate the illegal immigrant problem in this country, all anyone need do is visit a Home Depot or U-Haul business in the Southwest United States, or better yet, go to an emergency room for treatment, then tell me we don't have a problem.

Azariah

I don't agree, I look at IDs

I don't agree, I look at IDs and social security cards a lot. The government now provides you a website to cross check social security card numbers with the name.. The tools are there WITHOUT the Real ID I use them all the time. 80% of the time you can look at a SS card and see straight away that it is fake.. No I do not support Real ID, but the fact of the matter is, the physical barrier at the boarder has more issues then I can count. I stand by my comment, you need to remove the cheese from the trap.. Forget about that border fence, spend three days researching it and you will find it is a huge waste of money that is not going to keep out anyone who wants to cross, it may slow them down but that it.. You don’t want to rain down on the employers then come up with another way to remove the cheese from the trap.. I've talked to employers and you know what, most of the time they know darn good and well they have illegal workers. Yes, I say remove it from law enforcement, that’s just another excuse to bloat that budget. It all comes down to tax dollars; you do it this way and then tell me how it costs the tax payer? I'll give ya credit for at least giving it some thought, but I would say push a little harder and come up with a way to get it done without playing the Real ID fear card.. I personaly think the Real ID act is another waste of tax payers money..

I agree, it should be

I agree, it should be mandatory that employers use the system in place (even for "under the table" work), and there should be criminal penalties (fines and jail) for not doing so. There should also be no government services for illegal aliens, any alien who commits a felony should also have 5 years mandatory added to their sentence. Along with free trade unfettered immigration is destroying the middle class in this country, but that's probably the plan.

You make a good point.

You make a good point, I certianlly have mixed feelings about this. Maybe sting operations are in order? Everyone knows these employers are knowingly doing this though.

Punishment of employers

Punishment of employers of Illegal Immagrants would be a grand first step to take at the State level. If ANY state were to take the bold step of making in a Class B Felony (per count) for knowingly employing an Illegal Alien then the issue would rapidly disappear.

No es problemo compadre.

Azariah

Arizona is only one of the first states to make a stand!

We must first look at what the problem is needing addressed. I would say the nations borders are #1. What is being done to secure them? Very little most would say. All it will take to change the minds of those who think our borders are secure is a little terrorism that puts the blame back where it belongs, the Federal Government. Why must it always be a disaster to steer us in the appropriate direction. Look what has been the reaction from the oil spill! Now we will pay more attention. My fear is all of our bickering here in the states will only fuel the terrorist's to act and we are showing they how vulnerable we are. Let's not wait. Support the truth and those who are brave enough to do what is right. thanks Bill Cody

Bill Cody

I don't totally agree... "I

I don't totally agree...

"I would say the nations borders are #1."

I think the way to deal with the issue is to remove the cheese from the trap.. They come here for a reason, we need to remove any and all incentive they would have to come here on a state level..

At Federal level they have had YEARS to deal with that border, and you know what, at the Fed level all you will EVER hear is lip service. At the fed level they have bigger issues to worry about. They are focused on servicing the US's growing debt, and playing their global shell game.

We need a large group of States, to create a compact of laws that speak to how we will deal with removal of the illegal immigration cheese. Also it should speak to the penalty of non compliance.

If federal law is not enforced--States MUST?

In the interests of American safety and protection, lawmakers must unleash the Nation Guard to help the undermanned US Border Patrol. Around this great country every state is inundated with the criminal mentality from South of the border or impoverished global nations. If the federal government, will not follow the law, then there shouldn't be any restrictions on state governments passing laws on behalf of their residents. Whether its Michigan, Utah of any other state, it should be protected from this illegal alien occupancy?

NumbersUSA reports that for every $1 illegal aliens contribute to Social Security, they withdraw $10 in other government benefits.

Less than 2 percent of illegals are picking our crops, but 29 percent are on welfare. Over 70 percent of the U.S. annual population growth (and over 90 percent of California, Florida and New York) results from immigration. And up to 29 percent of inmates in federal prisons are illegal aliens.

You broke the laws of this sovereign nation--YOUR A CRIMINAL. either by entering America illegally or being involved the higher criminal activities as murder, drug smuggling to child predators and everything in between. There is no excuse for stealing into America, stealing American jobs or using fraudulent documents to access billions of dollars in food stamps to lower income housing. Our government must take full blame for not enforcing the border. NOT BUILDING THE TWO FENCES--according to the Secure Border Act 2006. Nor does years of neglect from disrespecting the U.S. Constitution as indicated in Article IV, Section 4. " The United States shall protect each of the states from invasion,” Well we have been invaded by between 20 and 30 million illegal foreigners and our government has done absolutely--NOTHING!

Now because Arizona has finally had enough and enacted their own strict immigration laws, Bleeding hearts and Liberal lawmakers hiding under Democratic aprons are screaming racism and racial profiling. I'm sick of being "politically correct" because its put this country in imminent danger from crazies living in fanatical religious countries. When our own politicians don't stand for the "rule of Law" we are heading towards the same corruption as the country South of the border. Go there and see how long you would last crossing from Guatemala. Pay the man to turn the other way--rot in prison or just vanish. Tell your politicians you want the--REAL--"two" border fences topped with razor wire, with the National Guard as enforcement to the US Border Patrol. Demand they follow the "Rule of Law" People who comment should stand up to the plate and bombard their federal lawmakers at 202-224-3121 and don't forget your state legislators, including pathetic Governors and Mayors. Any Pro-Amnesty Representative such as Sen. Harry Reid must be removed from office, beginning in the Primaries--but watch for illegal immigrant voting?

Very well written!

My sentiments exactly!

lets deport employers of illegals!

I think it would be way easier to lock up or deport any employer who gives these "criminal trespassers" a job.this would be a good start.

mark m

Teton County

There was a report recently that claimed Teton County has the highest percentage of wealthy people in Wyoming. It also said that Teton County has the highest percentage of illegals. If this is in fact true, huge fines plus jail time would be in order.

Absolutely right, I really

Absolutely right, I really can't blame people for wanting a better life, the real culprits here are the employers who hire them because they are too cheap to pay an American a decent wage. They should be treated like drug dealers and have their assets seized through civil forfeiture laws.

I say it should

I say it should automatically put them in a new MUCH higher tax bracket. There needs to be some risk involved for a business or company that benefits from any labor that involves illegals. It has to be this way or you get companies who higher contractors who farm this work out, and then when the undocumented workers come into question the the business points the finger at the contracting company.. Wall-Mart was a prime example of this.

I agree!

There really should be an expensive penalty for the people whi hire illegals. They should also be forced to pay all income taxes for their illegal employees.

correct me if I'm wrong..

Wasn't there a law like that ordered a few years ago...that every employer had to PROVE their employees were citizens. They had to prove that every employee had the legal right to work in the country and if they couldn't they were fined heavily...and I believe the employee was also fined. I seem to remember a certain letter from the government going out to every employer telling them of this law. As a manager of a convenience store, I saw this letter with my own eyes...it was about 2 or 2 1/2 yrs ago. Where did this law disappear to?

J. S. Luckjohn

Former presidential quote

'In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin But this is predicated upon the person's becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American...There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag... We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language. And we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.'
Theodore Roosevelt 1907

J. S. Luckjohn

!!! YES !!! This was at the

!!! YES !!!

This was at the federal level, and as you can see there is NO enforcement going on... Obama has even admitted to this failure, I call it political bantering.... bantering results in NO real action.....

There never will be...

NOTE....

This Arizona law is not NEW !!! The are only restating what the federal law says. That way they can put all of their state law enforcement in compliance, and give them some teeth..

Is what you're seeing is thousands of anchor baby's pushing back and trying to stir the pot, in 20 more years you will see hundreds upon hundreds of thousands from this demographic with a big enough foot hold to start having a major influence in government at the federal level. They already control the state level because they are the only ones willing to stand up and make noise.

You don't see a lot of this in states Wyoming, but if you give it time you WILL see it.. The question becomes, do you want to wait to be in the same financial situation California is in ?

As one person pointed out.

NumbersUSA reports that for every $1 illegal aliens contribute to Social Security, they withdraw $10 in other government benefits.
Take some time to think about that.. It does not take advanced math to see the end result to your tax dollars..