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Activists for illegal immigration try to find way around SC ruling

By Jacques Billeaud

PHOENIX (AP) - Opponents of Arizona's hardline immigration enforcement law launched a new effort Tuesday aimed at thwarting a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that will allow police to enforce so-called "show me your papers" provision.

A coalition of civil rights groups, religious leaders and business organizations filed a new request seeking a court order that would prevent authorities from enforcing a rule that requires police to check the immigration status of people they stop for other reasons.

The groups are asking U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton to block enforcement of the requirement before it takes effect, arguing that Latinos in Arizona would face systematic racial profiling and unreasonably long detentions under the contentious section of the 2010 law.

They also say that immigration patrols in recent years by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the Arizona lawman known for his rigid stance against illegal immigration, demonstrate that the law's requirement will disproportionately affect Latinos. Though the requirement hasn't taken effect, Arpaio said his officers have inquired about people's immigration status in the past.

In a separate case, the U.S. Justice Department has accused Arpaio's office in a lawsuit of racially profiling Latinos in immigration patrols. The sheriff denies the allegations. That case goes to trial Thursday in federal court.

Although a different challenge to the Arizona law by the Obama administration succeeded in getting three other parts of the law thrown out by the Supreme Court last month, the administration failed to get the "show me your papers" requirement overturned on its argument that federal law trumps state law. The coalition is seeking to shelve the requirement on other grounds.

Arizona's law was passed in 2010 amid voter frustration with the state's role as the busiest illegal entry point into the country. Five states - Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, South Carolina and Utah - have adopted variations on Arizona's law.

Legal experts say the groups face an uphill battle in trying to persuade Bolton to bar enforcement of the requirement because the lower courts might want to wait until the requirement - which won't take effect until at least Friday - is enforced to consider actual injuries from the law, rather than confront the potential for harm.

Even if opponents don't succeed in getting the requirement put on hold, some backers of the law are questioning the level of cooperation they will get from federal immigration authorities, who will be called to verify people's immigration status and be responsible for picking up illegal immigrants from local officers.

Federal immigration officers have said they will help, but only if doing so conforms to their priorities, including catching repeat violators and identifying and removing those who threaten public safety and national security.

If federal agents decline to pick up illegal immigrants, local officers in some cases will likely have to let them go unless they're suspected of committing a crime that would require them to be brought to jail.

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  1. middlegroundComment by middleground
    July 18, 2012 @ 10:56 am

    The pathetic aspect of those who support illegal immigration is that many also are advocates of controlling population and preserving the environment, but see no conflict in these two positions.

    Government has passed laws prohibiting America teenagers under 18 from running a power lawnmower and a paragraph in the CRP Bill gives $5000.00 to start a lawn service with preference to Minorities. Ever wonder why our youth aren’t learning to work? Look no farther than Washington and their laws favoring special interst groups.

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  2. willyrhoComment by willyrho
    July 18, 2012 @ 12:17 pm

    “Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the Arizona lawman known for his rigid stance against illegal immigration”, his stance is not “against illegal immigration”, “his stance is to precisely and perfectly enforce the law”.

    Only a biased viewer would mention illegal immigration, Duh, “Illegal Immigration” is “illegal/unlawful/not legal/a violation of the law”. Duh, his job is to enforce “the law”, not as you wish the law to be written, like our POTUS, Obozo, but what the law actually says, “DOUBLE DUH”. Bias, thy name is the “DemoCommie Red Stream Media”.

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    • capricorn1Comment by capricorn1
      July 19, 2012 @ 8:37 am

      our american culture and values have been stripped away by tratorous politicians who have flused our culture down the toilet in the name of fairness and political correctness.
      if i were president my very first action would be to send the army corp of engineers to the southern border and start erecting a 20ft high concrete fence with snippers,and the 82nd airborn to take care of the cartel problem.
      then utilize goverment waste to enforce illegal immigration laws and send them back home.
      then overturn socialized medicine.
      just for starters.

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  3. cascaComment by casca
    July 18, 2012 @ 5:54 pm


    If you read about the issues covering everybody’s lives in the United States of America, it illustrates the dimensions of complete indifference to many major concerns which includes illegal immigration. Nothing is being constructed in the way of bills, to get us out of the extreme mess. The do and don’ts are easily perceived, which includes the closing of immigrant and migrant entry ports along our Southern border. When we have illegal aliens, minor criminals or not and those smuggling drugs into America, along with floods of the poor people attracted by both political parties, which is unfortunate for low income American labor. Then we have Obama’s boys genuflecting to the environmental zealots, and the green dream that has become a nightmare for average Americans who are paying high prices for gas, to commute to work, when an administration is bypassing the working people of this country, when we have an abundance of energy just below the ground of oil, natural gas and even coal.

    We have a supply that is almost inexhaustible from “The People’s lands”. Yet however we are being starves from these deposits, by radical groups of environmentalists. Mitt Romney will open the spigots so energy flows freely, and not only will reduce the U.S. Treasury deficit of $16 trillion dollars, but we have enough over to sell to our friends abroad. Subsequently over time we can slowly insist the energy companies to develop new methods of cleaning their energy products.

    The TEA PARTY is the only true way to invest in the future America, along with a few morally upright Democrats and Republicans. So much needs to be done, since we have been betrayed by both parties. The political issue that is ordained to be of paramount importance to citizens is the illegal immigration storm. Although the overall economy and jobs maybe at the top of the list, it is connected to illegal aliens coming through our borders, or just overstaying visitors or tourist visas. So many problems are associated by the unfettered movement throughout this sovereign nation that our financial system is affected by people with no status? The courts have determined we must give them free health care and this has accelerated under Obamacare, as it will surely attract more people from every country, who can afford an airline ticket?

    Not forgetting the mass surge from central and South America who are already crowding the frontier towns in Mexico and is an imminent disaster. These are unfunded mandates of Education for foreign kids and medical treatment for the whole extended family, as they use the smuggled child as a ‘foothold’ to gain entrance to America. States forfeit their rights as we have seen in the intimidation of frantic states trying to survive the illegal immigration invaders. Arizona has been hit the hardest as they are the first stop once slipping by the U.S. border Patrol and the radical illegal immigration organizations that are trying to distort the law. With the backing of the ACLU (created by Communists) and other advocacy groups, who are for open border, believing that we should house, medicate and educate every impoverished individual claiming some right to be here.

    THIS COUNTRY DOES NOT HAVE FINANCES TO SUPPORT THE MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WHO WANT TO COME HERE; LET ALONE THE 20 MILLION ALREADY LIVING HERE USING STOLEN IDENTIFICATION DOCUMENTS. Many states are weighted down Liberal assemblies, such as the spotlighted state of California, shuddering from job losses and an economy that’s failing, with the chance of filing bankruptcy. Illegal Immigration has been costly situation that for decades has doubled, tripled into the millions, that state taxpayers are forced to pay, with no relieve is sight—and never will under the intense influence of either the Democrats, Republicans and in certainly not the Liberals and their agenda of political correctness.

    Then what about the war in Afghanistan, fighting the Taliban? After 10 years what have we accomplished? Nothing! Over 2000 American troops have given their lives, and we are sending 8 billions of dollars a month to a very corrupt government. Like most of
    the Middle East they are still living under archaic laws, where women have no rights. This is disgusting and morally wrong. Lets bring our brave troops home and spend our money on a deteriorating infrastructure of roads, bridges, tunnels Let’s spend our money on a real border fence and a National Guard fully armed to halt the drug cartels, and the never ending stream of criminals and illegal aliens. The billions of dollars spent on protecting other countries, should go to our elderly folk, our homeless and our military when they come home.

    We have unfair tax system that awards only the privileged, the wealthy, the corporations and many other powerful entities with many paying nothing into the tax pool. The TEA PARTY LEADERSHIP will rescind and bring into service a much more fair and impartial system.

    Pro-sovereignty organizations are stirring rightfully the pot, as it’s no longer just Obama’s mentors pressing for immigration rights; not of course determining the difference between those who legally came here and the larger majority that disrespected the laws and entered anyway? Of course this has been duly noted by both parties, but they too have disregarded the invasion and allowed it to happen. Illegal immigration to Border States has become a very expensive proposition, in some cases billions of dollars for the uncompensated health care, education, with the dollar figure rising all the time.

    Only two bills that can quell remains in stasis being the ‘THE LEGAL WORKFORCE ACT’, known through the business world as E-Verify and a very urgent measure and bill known as ‘THE BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP ACT. If all citizens and lawful residents bombarded each and every Senator, Congress person with these demands an enacting these laws, it would slowly but surely close to deliberate loopholes to halt illegal immigration. Further the TEA PARTY also supports these laws, but both parties in the aisles of CONGRESS, refuse to enact them. From what I have read, most have come to the realization that any law is subdued, so both parties can get more votes or illegal workers. Otherwise doesn’t it make more sense to make illegal entry or purposely staying as a criminal FELONY?

    The Department of Justice have attacked the sovereignty of individual states, but do nothing—NOTHING—against sanctuary states and cities that undermine the ‘’ is Federal Immigration and Nationality Act Section 8 USC 1324(a)(1)(A)(iv)(b)(iii)

    ‘”Any person who . . . encourages or induces an alien to . . . reside . . . knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that such . . . residence is . . . in violation of law, shall be punished as provided . . . for each alien in respect to whom such a violation occurs . . . fined under title 18 . . . imprisoned not more than 5 years, or both.”

    The TEA PARTY will enforce these laws and hold accountable Democrat Governor of Deval Patrick who has indicated that he will protect illegal aliens from ICE, Liberal Mayor of Los Angeles Antonio R. Villaraigosa, who allegiance is to Mexico and not in protecting the citizens of the county. Mayor Rahm Emanuel of Chicago who has publicized he will not cooperate with ICE, so he will also face harsh sanctions. That every Governor, Mayor and elected official who is pandering to Illegal aliens, ‘NOT LEGAL IMMIGRANTS’ must be deported for breaking our laws. Join the TEA PARTY in your town, your city and see the change in America, see a real change. There will never be any change under a majority of Democrats or even the Republicans. Keep on voting in TEA PARTY leadership that can change America forever. Either President Obama or Former Governor Mitt Romney should be answerable to ‘The People’ as with a Liberal Progressives Socialist agenda and limit the powerful Capitalist machine are wrong and will be ended by the millions of TEA PARTY voters. Voting for Obama just means more taxes and more spending. But by voting the TEA PARTY GUIDANCE into the Republican Party, we can alter the route of the GOP leadership and remove the incumbents and rebuild the party into a true conservative party?
    Read about the corruption in your state, the federal government at ‘Judicial Watch’. Read about your taxpayer money going to support the illegal alien invasion at NumbersUSA. For the Democrats elicit Votes and for the Republicans slave labor. IT MUST STOP?

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  4. Comment by Anonymous
    July 18, 2012 @ 8:37 pm

    If the Federal Government was doing its job and freeing this country of the illegal aliens, then the states wouldn’t be trying to take over. The states are bearing the costs of all these illegal aliens, not to mention the costs of deporting them. All illegal aliens are a very big burden to American taxpayers. Look at how many anchor babies the American taxpayers paid for at the cost of $4,500 per anchor. Last I heard, there were 4.3 million anchors that were handed a U.S. birth certificate like it was a piece of candy. The sooner we get rid of these illegal aliens, the better for all Americans. I’m not a republican, but I will be voting for one this time and pray to God he will get our immigration laws ENFORCED!

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  5. wedeyComment by wedey
    July 20, 2012 @ 5:28 pm

    I think what the border states should do is detain illegals until they have a bus full and then ship them off to all the sanctuary cities, Washington DC, Chicago who said they would welcome them with open arms (but I guess that could have two meanings)Any other city that wants to welcome them. Let them deal with the problem. If they continue to do that, well then maybe they can clean up the southern states.

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