Raising Arizona

Boy, your resolution got a panty on it's head.

We mentioned a couple of days ago that there was a House resolution to commend Arizona for their new law that affirms their fear of brown people.

We may not have mentioned the amendment brought by House Democratic Caucus Chair Mike Turner that basically strips the resolution of all it’s language and replaces it with praise for Hawaii.

Nicely Played.

Of course, the whole thing gets more complicated, particularly in Arizona, where a local paper reports that the new law may turn more illegals into citizens.

The new law will add to a processing backlog that already has caused federal authorities to release an increasing number of illegal immigrants back into the U.S. to await deportation hearings. And if nationwide figures can be applied to Arizona, one in four of those who are released from federal custody fail to appear in court.

The arrest-and-release policy is a little-known part of federal immigration law that allows illegal immigrants to challenge deportation and obtain legal residency, and a driver’s license, as long as they meet certain conditions. If more illegal immigrants are apprehended and processed through the federal system – which is expected to happen after Arizona’s immigration law takes effect on July 29 – then an even greater number would qualify for legal status.

“In a sense, it’s like there’s some incentive to get caught,” said Tucson immigration attorney Maurice Goldman. “Theoretically, more people would end up in front of immigration judges, which means more would get released.”

Keith Olberman also covered this on Countdown last night:

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Joe Carr may want to rethink his resolution, or sign on to Turner’s amendment right about now.


5 comments for “Raising Arizona

  1. Benito
    May 19, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    I hope that every American, regardless of where he lives, will stop and examine his conscience about this and other related incidents. This Nation was founded by men of many nations and backgrounds. It was founded on the principle that all men are created equal, and that the rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened. All of us ought to have the right to be treated as he would wish to be treated, as one would wish his children to be treated, but this is not the case.

    I know the proponents of this law say that the majority approves of this law, but the majority is not always right. Would women or non-whites have the vote if we listen to the majority of the day, would the non-whites have equal rights (and equal access to churches, housing, restaurants, hotels, retail stores, schools, colleges and yes water fountains) if we listen to the majority of the day? We all know the answer, a resounding, NO!

    Today we are committed to a worldwide struggle to promote and protect the rights of all who wish to be free. In a time of domestic crisis men of good will and generosity should be able to unite regardless of party or politics and do what is right, not what is just popular with the majority. Some men comprehend discrimination by never have experiencing it in their lives, but the majority will only understand after it happens to them.

  2. Bob
    June 4, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    It is evident none of you have done your research. Have you read the Arizona Bill or the federal facts on this? What about the word ILLEGAL do you not understand? No one is saying immigrants are not welcome. This country is the land of opportunity, but come here legally. There are many that do and it is disrespectful to them. Also you are apparently unaware that Rep. Carr sponsored a resolution for Hawaii.

  3. June 5, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    It’s a shame to see the people and businesses of Arizona effected by this. It’s the politicians fault, not the peoples. We all elect fools for politicians.

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