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Arizona’s Immigration Law: Coming to Pennsylvania?

July 3, 2010

Unless there’s some successful legal challenge in the next three weeks or so, Arizona’s controversial immigration law, the Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act, goes into effect on July 29, 2010. Formally introduced as Senate Bill 1070, the law is intended to enforce federal immigration laws against illegal aliens. Law enforcement officials would be required, during a lawful stop, detention or arrest, to require proof of immigration status if there is a reasonable suspicion that an individual was an illegal alien. It becomes a state misdemeanor crime to be an alien in Arizona without required documentation.

There is, of course, varying sentiment about the law’s intentions an practical effect. It remains to be seen whether racial profiling will result. What is known, however, is how the law’s passage affects other states. Pennsylvania is among the first to follow Arizona’s lead and introduce similar legislation. House Bill 2479, if passed, would operate quite similarly to Arizona’s law. South Carolina, Minnesota, Rhode Island and it hers have similar pending legislation.

So, the bottom line is we should watch carefully what happens to Arizona, because sooner or later, a similar law is coming to our neighborhoods.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Rich permalink
    July 4, 2010 3:21 pm

    Illegal Immigration only serves the Greedy! They are used for Cheap labor and for FUTURE POLITICAL reasons (eventual votes). EVERY American Citizen without a job suffers because the “JOB CHAIN” has dramatically changed. The ILLEGALS no longer work in just the fields, I know some who work in unions too.
    AFTER the ILLEGALS are dealt with….the next on the list should be the Foreign Students with Visas who get full educational benefits by our government and who do NOT RETURN to their foreign homes but stay and take jobs away from our American students!!!!
    OUR U.S. Government has been running this country like a COMPANY not a COUNTRY = U.$.A.

  2. Kelly permalink
    July 5, 2010 4:19 am

    I approve of the law this does not directly attack just spainish this is for anyone Polish, Italian Greek, Irish and so on.. I know in one part of Philly where there are plenty of russian and polish who are not legal. They brag about it. Do you know there is not this kind of debate in other countries, if your illegal you go back that is it. I know I am now living in New Zealand they send you packing the same with Australia and they dont cry if you cry racist.

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