Tennesseans favor bringing Arizona’s controversial immigration
measure to the state by a 4-to-1 margin, a poll conducted by The
Tennessean and other media outlets found.
Seventy-two percent of voters in the state say they would support
enacting a law that would require people stopped by police to prove they
are in the country legally. Such legislation would be modeled after an
Arizona immigration statute scheduled to go into effect Thursday that
lets police charge people who cannot prove their citizenship status
under the state’s criminal trespassing laws.
As this Dispatch will detail, after considerable media hype about Arizona-style bills sweeping across the nation, the reality is that from from Nevada to Arkansas to Massachusetts to Kansas and Rhode Island,
anti-immigrant bills and ballot initiatives largely didn't move or
failed to make this fall's ballot. A key reason: most state leaders
and police chiefs recognize that requiring local governments to assume
immigration enforcement responsibilities from the federal government
will distract them from fighting violent crime and undermine trust with
local residents that are essential to successful community policing.
Talk Business has learned that Secure Arkansas,
the grassroots organization pushing a citizen's sponsored illegal
immigration ballot issue, has failed to submit enough raw signatures for
its measure to be considered for the November general election.
Reporting from Washington — The Obama administration launched its long-expected
legal attack on Arizona's strict new immigration law Tuesday, arguing
that only Washington can set the nation's rules for arresting illegal
NASHVILLE — Gov. Phil Bredesen said Tuesday he signed a bill
requiring local jailers to try and determine the immigration status of
prisoners in part to keep the issue from “throwing gasoline on the fire”
in this year’s political campaigns.
But the governor, a Democrat who is barred by law from seeking a
third term, also said that while he doesn’t like how the bill is being
used “symbolically,” he views its requirements as not unreasonable in
light of similar local-federal partnerships already under way in the
state’s four biggest counties.
Yet another set of anti-immigrant proposals, this time offered as
last-minute amendments to a Massachusetts state budget bill, failed
to gain traction last week. Twenty-seven pages of draconian anti-immigrant
amendments were reduced to text that simply re-states existing bars on
undocumented residents applying for public benefits.
Luis Sanchez and Marlen Ramirez, undocumented
immigrants from Mexico, packed up and moved to Pennsylvania this month,
taking their three U.S. citizen children with them.
Many will cheer their departure, saying it's a sign that Arizona's
new immigration law, which hasn't taken effect yet, is driving out
illegal immigrants and potentially saving the state money. But not
everyone is pleased over the exodus of Latinos, both legal and illegal,
saying their flight from Arizona could hurt businesses, schools and
Florida Republican leaders have begun crafting anti-illegal-immigrant
legislation modeled after an Arizona law that has incited widespread
protests and fueled national and international debate over U.S.
Under the proposed bill, police would have
broad power under state law to ask suspects for proof of legal
residency, said Rep. William Snyder, a Republican from Stuart who plans
to introduce the legislation in November.