Friday, February 4, 2011

10 New Anti-migrant Laws in Arizona

Subject: AZ: 10 New Anti-migrant Laws Nurtured by Russell Pearce.

Despite a concession on the part of the Republican Party to the rabid anti-immigrant Senator Russell Pearce (Mesa, AZ), under which he was named President of the AZ State Senate under the condition that he would not write new anti-migrant laws like SB 1070, ten new anti-immigrants (see below and attached) have been sponsored in this year´s AZ legislative session, being the primary ones two pairs: HB 2561 and SB 1309 and HB 2562 and SB 1308. Below see five secondary ones. As President of the AZ Senate, Russell Pearce has been encouraging such laws as many of the sponsors are his Republican mentees.

From the sane side, Senator Steve Gallardo (D-Phoenix) has sponsored a bill that reaffirms the federal government´s role in enforcing immigration laws.

At the same time, the organization Arizonans for Better Government (ABG), with the support of the group Somos Republicans, are seeking to recall Senator Russell Pearce. ABG will need 7,756 signatures from residents in Pearce´s Mesa district by May 27. If the signatures are valid, the recall could go before voters this fall 2011.

In struggle,

Manuel de Jesús Hernández-G.
Member, Somos America-Phoenix, AZ
Chair, Rocky Rountain FOCO, NACCS


TEN NEW ANTI-IMMIGRANT BILLS IN ARIZONA

Abbreviations: HB = House Bill. SB = Senate Bill.

A. MAIN ANTI-MIGRANT BILLS:
HB 2561 and SB 1309: Would define children as citizens of Arizona and the US if at least one of their parents was either a U.S. citizen or a legal permanent US resident and therefore subject to the jurisdiction of the United States. PRIMARY SPONSORS: Senator Ron Gould, R-Lake Havasu City, and Representative John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills; 27 other Republican lawmakers have signed on in support.

HB 2562 and SB 1308: Would seek permission from Congress to set up a system so states can create separate birth certificates for children who meet the new definition of a citizen and those who do not. PRIMARY SPONSORS: Senator Ron Gould, R-Lake Havasu City, and Representative John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills; 27 other Republican lawmakers have signed on in support.

B. SECONDARY ANTI-MIGRANT BILLS:
HB 2070: Would create a Homeland Security Force under the control of the governor, who could call up volunteers during emergencies or to protect ¨lives, property in this state or constitutional liberties.¨ Sponsor: Representative Judy Burger, R-Skull Valley. Status: Assigned to House Military Affairs and Public Safety Committee; House Appropriations Committee.
HB 2102: Would require government-issued photo ID to obtain a fingerprint clearance card and proof of legal status and a photo ID to work in the service industry. Sponsor: Representative John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills. Status: Passed by House Commerce Committee; goes to full House.

HB 2181: Would allow the governor to mobilize the National Guard to protect residents and their property from ¨unauthorized international border crossings and the related increase in deaths, crime and property damage.¨ Sponsor: Representative Carl Seel, R-Phoenix. Status: Not assigned committee.

HB 2505: Would eliminate children who cannot prove their legal status from student counts that schools use to determine state funding. Sponsor: Representative Carl Seel, R-Phoenix. Status: Assigned to House Education and Appropriations committees.

SB 1222: Would require proof of legal status to receive any public benefits, including public housing, from the state or local governments. Sponsor: Senator Andy Biggs, R-Gilbert. Status: Referred to Senate Government Reform Committee.


C. SANE MIGRANT BILL:

SB 1078: Would require the state, counties and cities to enter into a written agreement with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for reimbursement of all costs before using law-enforcement resources to enforce federal immigration laws. Sponsor: Senator Steve Gallardo, D-Phoenix. Status: Referred to Senate Judiciary and Senate Border Security, Federalism and States´ Sovereignty committees.

D. DEMOCRATIC RESISTANCE AGAINST MAIN ANTI-MIGRANT LEGISLATOR
RECALL OF STATE SENATOR RUSSELL PEARCE: Arizonans for Better Government, working with Somos Republicans: Group will need 7,756 signatures from residents in Pearce´s Mesa district by May 27. If the signatures are valid, the recall could go before voters this fall 2011.

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