Arizona Immigration Law: Implications for Arab Americans

Posted by on April 05, 2012 in Blog
By Danielle Malaty Arizona's notoriously controversial immigration law has captured the attention of minority communities across the country, and will certainly have a dramatic ripple effect on the way law enforcement agents interact with Arab American and American Muslim communities.
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“Our immigration policies are upside down.”

Posted on April 02, 2012 in Campaign Statements

“That is something that I will not just talk about in this campaign. This will be a priority of mine if I become president to make sure we finally reform our immigration laws step by step, secure the border, improve our legal immigration system, so we can keep people here and welcome people here who will make America a stronger nation.My own view is our immigration policies are upside down. We make it very hard for people who have skills that we need — education and English-speaking and workplace skills — make it very hard for those people to come...

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“He uses [immigration] as a political weapon.”

Posted on April 02, 2012 in Campaign Statements

"[Immigration] has always been a priority for the President he chooses to do nothing about. Let the immigrant community not forget that, while he uses this as a political weapon, he has not taken responsibility for fixing the problems we have.”

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“Easy access for legality and impossible access for illegality.”

Posted on February 22, 2012 in Campaign Statements

"I believe you cannot pass a single large comprehensive bill, the 2,700-page kind of bill you described. I think you've got to go one step at a time.The first step is to control the border. I don't believe anybody who's here illegally -- and I talked last night, for example, with folks who are of Hispanic background from Nogales who are in the import-export business dealing with Mexico every day. They don't want a border that's closed, they want a border that's controlled, that has easy access for legality and impossible access for illegality. And that's the model that I...

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“We need to give law enforcement the opportunity to do…what Sheriff Arpaio was doing.”

Posted on February 22, 2012 in Campaign Statements

"I'm not going to require homeowners to do E-Verify. I think that's one step too far. But I think what we need to do is to give law enforcement the opportunity to do what they're doing here in Arizona and what Sheriff Arpaio was doing before he ran into some issues with the federal government, which is to allow folks to enforce the law here in this country, to allow people who are breaking the law or suspicious of breaking the law to be able to be detained and deported if they're found here in this country illegally, as well...

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“As Arizona is finding out, you can stop illegal immigration.”

Posted on February 22, 2012 in Campaign Statements

"I'll also complete the fence. I'll make sure we have enough border patrol agents to secure the fence. And I will make sure we have an E-Verify system and require employers to check the documents of workers, and to check E- Verify. And if an employer hires someone that has not gone through E- Verify, they're going to get sanctioned just like they do for not paying their taxes.You do that, and just as Arizona is finding out, you can stop illegal immigration. It's time we finally did it."

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“I think you see a model in Arizona.”

Posted on February 22, 2012 in Campaign Statements

"I think you see a model in Arizona. They passed a law here that says -- that says that people who come here and try and find work, that the employer is required to look them up on e- verify. This e-verify system allows employers in Arizona to know who's here legally and who's not here legally.And as a result of e-verify being put in place, the number of people in Arizona that are here illegally has dropped by some 14 percent, where the national average has only gone down 7 percent. So going back to the question that was...

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“The further we have gone with the fence, the fewer people have broken in…”

Posted on February 22, 2012 in Campaign Statements

"Look, the fact is I helped Duncan Hunter pass the first fence bill in San Diego when I was Speaker of the House. San Diego and Tijuana are the most densely populated border. It turned out it worked. It worked dramatically. Duncan and I would be glad to testify -- he's former chairman of the Defense Committee -- how much it worked.However, it stopped. It stopped in part because there was a wetlands. It turned out none of the illegal immigrants cared about wetlands policy. Then you had to go and build around the wetlands, which we did. The further...

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“I have a commitment…to finish [the border wall] by January 1, 2014.”

Posted on February 22, 2012 in Campaign Statements

"Now, the thing that's fascinating, though, John, is you quoted a government study of how much it would cost. That's my earlier point. If you modernize the federal government so it's competent, you could probably do it for 10 percent of the cost of that study. The fact is, I have a commitment at newt.org, to finish the job by January 1, 2014, I would initiate a bill that would waive all federal regulations, requirement and studies.I would ask Governor Brewer here, I would ask Governor Martinez, Governor Brown, and Governor Perry to become the co-leaders in their state. We...

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“The program today endorses the illegal problems.”

Posted on February 22, 2012 in Campaign Statements

"But the federal government does have a responsibility for these borders. And I just hate to see all these resources -- I think that we should have much more immigration service on the border to make it easier -- it's hard to even get to visit this country. We're losing a lot of visitors and workers that could come to this country because we have an inefficient immigration service.And then that invites the illegal. We can't endorse the illegal, but the program today endorses the illegal problems. And a weak economy is always detrimental, too, because of the welfare state....

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