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    Democrats plan to force vote on Arizona immigration law if it’s upheld by court

    By Rosalind S. Helderman, Updated: Monday, April 23, 5:00 PM
    The Washington Post

    Senate Democrats are making plans to force a floor vote on legislation that would invalidate Arizona’s controversial immigration statute if the Supreme Court upholds the law this summer.

    Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) will announce the fallback legislation at a hearing on the Arizona law Tuesday, a day before the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in a suit to determine whether Arizona had the authority to enact the 2010 state crackdown.

    The legislation would have little chance of passing in a stalemated Senate or being approved by a GOP-held House, but it would allow Democrats to push their electoral advantage with Latino voters just as the presidential campaign heats up in July.

    The plan is to allow Democrats a route to express displeasure with the Arizona law if the court allows it to stand, and it would force Republicans to take a clear position on the law during the height of the presidential campaign. The immigration law is deeply unpopular with Latino voters, who could be key to the outcome of the presidential and Senate races in several Western states.

    “If the court upholds the Arizona law, Congress can make it clear that what Arizona is doing goes beyond what the federal government and what Congress ever intended,” Schumer said in an interview.

    He called the Arizona law an “assault on the domain of the federal government” that Congress will need to address if the court allows it to stand.

    As chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s subcommittee on immigration, Schumer will hold a hearing Tuesday on the impact of the Arizona law. The state senator who wrote the statute will appear, as will opponents of the law. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R), the law’s chief proponent, was invited but declined to attend.

    The Obama administration sued to prevent implementation of the Arizona law — which included a provision requiring local law enforcement to check the immigration status of anyone stopped or arrested who they suspect is in the country illegally — arguing that the Constitution gives the federal government jurisdiction over immigration laws and that the state’s statute interferes with federal efforts.

    In response, federal courts have blocked key portions of the law from going into effect. Arizona appealed to the Supreme Court, arguing that the state has the power to pass the legislation because Washington has failed to deal with the illegal-immigration problem.

    Schumer said he believes the court will side with the federal government. But if it does not, he will propose a new law requiring federal approval for new state immigration laws, essentially blocking implementation of Arizona’s law and others like it that have passed elsewhere.

    The legislation would also bar states from imposing their own penalties, beyond federal sanctions, for employers who hire illegal immigrants. Some business leaders have said they are concerned new state rules on hiring could lead to a patchwork of conflicting employment rules across the country.

    Presumed Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has said he opposes the federal lawsuit filed by the Obama administration to block the Arizona law.

    But he has been working to improve his popularity with Hispanic voters, who according to the latest NBC News-Wall Street Journal poll favor President Obama by more than 40 points.

    Those numbers come after Romney took a hard line on immigration during the Republican primary season, opposing the Dream Act — which would provide a path to citizenship for some young adults brought to the country illegally by their parents as children — and indicating that he supports making life in America tough enough for illegal immigrants that they voluntarily “self-deport.”

    His campaign has protested that his February comments describing the Arizona law as a “model” for the nation were misinterpreted.

    Campaign officials have insisted that Romney meant only a provision requiring employers to use an electronic database to check the immigration status of potential employees. They have said recently that he believes states should be able to decide whether Arizona-style laws are appropriate.

    A congressional debate on the issue would probably force Romney to take a more definitive position on Arizona’s statute and the broader issue of the proper balance of state and federal power in immigration enforcement.

    At the same time, Republicans would surely cite the proposed legislation as another example of Democratic attempts to expand the federal government and squash state power.

    “It’s a calculated decision,” said Steven Schwinn, a professor at the John Marshall Law School who has been following the case. “It would keep focus on an issue, but in a way that may or may not be a winner for Democrats.”

    Democrats plan to force vote on Arizona immigration law if it’s upheld by court - The Washington Post
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    I really hate the games these people play with our lives. Who do these people think they are. They shouldn't be the ones deciding. If the court upholds the law it should stand. If congress has a problem with it they should let US decide as it affects OUR lives. These aholes are going to force states to have the successtion talk.

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    Bring it on! This will backfire on the Dems BIG TIME!

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    Dems Vow to Kill AZ Immigration Law?...GO FOR IT.

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    Rick Oltman - April 23, 2012 San Francisco Immigration |

    April 25th the U.S. Supreme Court is going to hear arguments over parts of the Arizona immigration law SB1070. Only 4 parts, not the whole law. The 9th Circuit Court upheld the district court's injunction on only 4 sections out of 20 pages of law.

    So, while the pro-amnesty crowd wants to make a big deal about it, most of the law was left intact. And, there is a possibility that most if not all of the following four sections will survive and the lower court overturned:

    Portion of Section 2 of S.B. 1070, codified as A.R.S. § 11-1051(B): requiring that an officer make a reasonable attempt to determine the immigration status of a person stopped, detained or arrested if there is a reasonable suspicion that the person is unlawfully present in the United States, and requiring verification of the immigration status of any person arrested prior to releasing that person
    Section 3 of S.B. 1070, codified as A.R.S. § 13-1509: creating a crime for the failure to apply for or carry alien registration papers
    Portion of Section 5 of S.B. 1070, codified as A.R.S. § 13-2928(C): creating a crime for an unauthorized alien to solicit, apply for, or perform work
    Section 6 of S.B. 1070, codified as A.R.S. § 13-3883(A)(5): authorizing the warrantless arrest of a person where there is probable cause to believe the person has committed a public offense that makes the person removable from the United States

    Section 2 requires a law enforcement officer to attempt to determine immigration status if there is reasonable suspicion. Doesn't speak English and has no valid driver license is reasonable suspicion. However, Arizona law enforcement can, and is, voluntarily attempting to determine immigration status now, and have been for years. Sheriff Joe's deputies to it, voluntarily. That won't stop even if the Supremes throw out Section 2.

    Section 3, "a crime for failure to apply for or carry alien registration papers," what MSNBCMORONS call the 'papers please" law, mirrors current federal law. The dopes complaining about this never mention, or perhaps are ignorant of the fact, that lawful aliens must, MUST, have their paperwork with them at all times. Even a Permanent Resident (formerly called a Permanent Resident Alien) who has lived legally in America for 50 years is still required by federal law to have their "green card" (which after years of being pink are now green, again) with them and available for inspection.

    Section 5, mirrors federal law.

    Section 6, <<shakes head>> why would anyone object to this?

    And now, New York Senator Charles Schumer, Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration, and the Democrats are threatening to force a floor vote on legislation that would invalidate the Arizona law if it is upheld by the highest court in the land.

    Well, Chucky, go for it.

    SB 1070 is popular with the majority of Americans. A Quinnipiac University poll found that voters say 62 - 27 percent the Supreme Court should uphold Arizona's immigration law and that Hispanic voters are about evenly split. And, if 62% is what Quinnipiac says, you an add 8 to 10 points to the affirmative.

    SB 1070 won the governor's election for Jan Brewer in 2010 when she came from behind and rallied 30 points to crush her rival. Local elections in California and Kansas produced winners who endorsed "The Arizona Law."

    It makes me wonder just how badly frayed the Democrat base really is that they feel the need to act this petulantly on popular legislation.

    The high court will announce thier decision in late June, about two years from when the law was enacted.


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    Jan Brewer: Democrats' immigration ‘stunt’
    By MJ LEE | 4/24/12 11:58 AM EDT- Politico

    Brewer said lawmakers opposing the state’s immigration law are doing so to win voters. | AP Photo
    By MJ LEE | 4/24/12 11:58 AM EDT

    Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer laced into Senate Democrats on Tuesday and accused them of a “political stunt” for threatening to take legislative action if the Supreme Court upholds her state’s controversial immigration law.

    “It’s just all, I believe, a political stunt that they’re performing today at the Senate hearing. It’s unfortunate because, of course, they’ve had two years to address this issue, and they haven’t done anything. So now they wait until the day before the Supreme Court hears it?” Brewer said on Fox News. “It’s crazy.”

    The Republican governor’s blast came as Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), the chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration, announced at a Senate hearing a potential legislative response for if Arizona’s immigration law – Senate Bill 1070 — is upheld. The Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments on the constitutionality of the law on Wednesday.

    Maintaining that Democrats “probably” won’t have the votes to pass such a legislation, Brewer accused the lawmakers like Schumer of opposing the state’s immigration law to simply win over voters.

    “It is a political move because they are courting the Latino vote, but I think that when you look at statistics, 65 percent of the American people agree with Senate Bill 1070, and they believe in the rule of law,” she said. “And what’s taking place today at the Senate, of course, is their privilege, but I believe the timing is of pure evidence that it is a political stunt, political theater of grandstanding on an issue to influence the election.”

    Brewer signed S.B. 1070 into law in 2010, but some of its more controversial parts have since been blocked. Earlier this year, the Justice Department asked the high court to deem the law unconstitutional.

    At Tuesday’s Senate hearing, Schumer said that his legislation would “reiterate that Congress does not intend for state to enact their own immigration enforcement schemes.”

    “States like Arizona and Alabama will no longer be able to get away with saying they are simply ‘helping the federal government’ to enforce the law when they are really writing their own laws and knowingly deploying untrained officers with a mission of arresting anyone and everyone who might fit the preconceived profile of an illegal immigrant,” he said.

    Read more: Jan Brewer: Democrats' immigration ‘stunt’ - MJ Lee -

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    Schumer Drafts Bill to Block Arizona Immigration Crackdow

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    Schumer Drafts Bill to Block Arizona Immigration Crackdown
    By Laura Litvan on April 24, 2012

    The U.S. Senate’s third-ranking Democrat said he will push legislation to block Arizona’s illegal-immigration crackdown if the Supreme Court upholds the state law.

    Proponents and opponents of the Arizona law, which is being challenged by the Obama administration, sparred over its legality at a Senate hearing today, one day before the court hears the case.

    Senator Charles Schumer of New York said his measure will make clear that Congress doesn’t intend for states to enact their own immigration enforcement strategies. He said it will allow states to apprehend suspected illegal immigrants only as part of an agreement overseen by the federal government.

    “States like Arizona and Alabama will no longer be able to get away with saying they are simply helping the federal government to enforce the law,” he said during a Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing on state and local enforcement of immigration laws. Those states are “writing their own laws and knowingly deploying untrained officers with a mission of arresting anyone and everyone who might fit the preconceived profile of an illegal immigrant,” he said.

    The Supreme Court will hear arguments tomorrow on whether Arizona’s law, known as Senate bill 1070, goes too far by requiring police to check the status of people they suspect are in the U.S. illegally, and to arrest those they consider eligible to be deported.

    Implementing Own Policy

    The Obama administration contends that Arizona has gone beyond cooperation with the federal immigration law and is trying to implement its own policy.

    With Republicans holding the House majority, Schumer’s proposal would have little chance of becoming law. Democrats who control the Senate could hold a vote to get senators on record on the issue during this election year.

    At today’s hearing, the former Arizona state senator who sponsored Senate bill 1070 said states have the right to enforce such measures to control the costs and crime related to illegal immigration.

    “The invasion of illegal aliens we face today -- convicted felons, drug cartels, gang members, human traffickers and even terrorists -- pose one of the greatest threats to our nation in terms of political, economic and national security,” said former Arizona Senate President Russell Pearce, a Republican. He was recalled from office in a November 2011 election, losing to a fellow Republican who opposed his immigration policy.

    Sept. 11 Attacks

    Pearce said the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks might have been prevented if immigration laws had been adequately enforced.

    Former U.S. Senator Dennis DeConcini, a Democrat who represented Arizona from 1977 to 1995, said the state law has been a failure, resulting in harassment of Hispanics. He said the state has overstepped its constitutional boundaries.

    “I believe it is ill-founded, mean-spirited and divisive,” DeConcini said. “In addition, it requires state and local law enforcement to carry out immigration responsibilities that lie with the federal government.”

    A study released today by the Pew Hispanic Center, a nonpartisan research organization in Washington, said the migration of undocumented immigrants from Mexico is abating. During the past four decades, 12 million immigrants came to the U.S. from Mexico, most illegally, the report said.

    Net Migration

    Net Mexican migration to the U.S. has stopped and may have reversed, according to the report, which cited such factors as the weak U.S. job and housing construction markets, a decline in Mexico’s birth rate and escalating risks associated with illegal entry to the U.S.

    The immigration issue is taking on additional importance in an election year, as Republicans risk losing the support of Hispanic voters in such states as Florida and New Mexico after promoting a get-tough approach.

    In a decision that underscored the heightened tensions between the parties over immigration policy, Republicans boycotted today’s Judiciary panel hearing. The only two lawmakers present were Schumer and Senator Richard Durbin of Illinois, the second-ranking Democratic leader.

    Senator Jon Kyl of Arizona, who serves on the panel and is the No. 2 Republican Senate leader, said afterward Republicans skipped it because Democrats didn’t seek any input on witnesses. He dismissed the hearing as a “political sideshow.”

    Dream Act

    Congress hasn’t overhauled immigration policy since the mid-1980s. The Senate last voted on a major immigration measure in December 2010, when some Democrats joined Republicans to block a Democratic bill, known as the Dream Act, that would have enabled people who were brought to the U.S. illegally before age 16 and stayed for at least five years to obtain legal residency after going to college or serving in the military.

    Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida has offered a compromise version of the Dream Act. It would give such immigrants a non-immigration visa if they complete high school and don’t have a criminal record. Rubio is seen as a possible vice presidential choice for his party’s presumptive presidential candidate, Mitt Romney.

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    To contact the editor responsible for this story: Jodi Schneider at

    Schumer Drafts Bill to Block Arizona Immigration Crackdown - Businessweek

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