As we highlighted two
weeks ago, the Arizona legislature and Governor's decisions
to pass a punitive, anti-immigrant bill - SB1070
- have unleashed a torrent of condemnations inside and outside of
Arizona. Voices speaking up against the bill have come not only from
civil rights organizations, but have also included public safety
officials, constitutional legal scholars, and, significantly, Republican
leaders and candidates from other states with
significant immigrant populations.
Legislators in at least 10 states— Utah, Oklahoma, Colorado, Ohio, Missouri, Georgia, South Carolina, Mississippi, Texas, and Maryland— have called for laws that would mirror Arizona’s Senate Bill 1070, according to the Progressive States Network and reporting by New America Media.
Ending its session on April 14, the Nebraska legislature made
great gains in the areas of renewable energy production, job creation
and education; however, it will now be notoriously known as the state to
implement the most restrictions on reproductive health.
Progressive States Action and State Legislators for Progressive
Immigration Policy, a group of state legislators committed to
supporting comprehensive immigration reform that reflects our core
values as a nation, released this statement in response to the
passage of Arizona's Senate Bill 1070.
This week, the Arizona Senate passed the nation's most draconian
immigration law - which criminalizes the undocumented and those
accused of assisting them - that many critics say will drive racial
profiling and further undermine Arizona's devastated economy. The bill
now awaits now awaits Governor Jan Brewer's veto or approval.