2006 January 24 Tuesday
States Step In To Enforce Immigration Controls

The battle against illegal aliens is shifting toward the state and local levels.

Frustrated by congressional inaction and pushed by anger at home, state legislatures across the United States are debating tough new restrictions on illegal immigrants.

For years, states deferred to the federal government on immigration matters, but as illegal immigrants have spread throughout the country and Congress has been unable to pass an immigration reform bill, that has changed. In the first six months of last year, states considered nearly 300 immigration-related bills and passed 36 of them, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Bush and the US Senate are going to continue to put business interests and Hispanic votes ahead of the will of the majorty and the best interests of the nation as a whole. So popular anger will continue to build and states will pass more legislation aimed at illegal aliens.

Georgia's legislature is considering proposals aimed at illegal aliens.

Cracking down on employers who either willfully or negligently employ undocumented immigrants seems to be gaining favor not only with the federal Department of Homeland Security but with lawmakers in statehouses and Congress. And Georgia is no exception.

Several bills are before the Georgia Legislature this session that would address the issue. In Georgia, an estimated 4 percent of workers are illegal immigrants, according to the Pew Hispanic Center.

While officials in Los Angeles predictably decry the move some Orange County California police departments are among the first to train to enforce immigration laws.

The Costa Mesa Police Department and Orange County Sheriff's Department are developing plans for their officers to be trained alongside federal immigration agents so they can understand and help enforce immigration laws.

They are among the first in the nation to seek the training, and their effort has generated both interest from other agencies and protests from immigrants' rights groups.

"Dozens of jurisdictions have reached out to us and asked us for copies of this policy," said Jon Fleischman, a spokesman for the Sheriff's Department. "Like with any instrument that provides a resource to find criminals, departments are looking at this to see if this will help fight crime."

The editors of the Christian Science Monitor argue that state level activity in making immigration policy is a symptom of the unwillingness of the US federal government to enforce immigration laws.

But the bottom line is that the US is a country of laws. Illegal immigration is a large-scale abuse of the law, with social and economic costs. The fact that states considered more than 300 immigration bills last year shows the absolute failure of the federal government to enforce immigration laws.

Only popular anger will force the idiots in Washington DC to crack down. But the anger has to build a lot more before the Senators will listen.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2006 January 24 09:34 PM  Immigration Law Enforcement

John S Bolton said at January 25, 2006 2:02 AM:

...as well they should. Illegals drive without licenses or insurance, and could be often effectively cleared out by enforcing those laws, rather than letting them go. Without tolerance of housing violations by places harboring illegals, there would not often be any wage advantage for them to use. It is not necessary to let them use schools as free day care, when they don't have documentation of their residency in a district.

Jorge D.C. said at January 29, 2006 1:41 AM:

Only popular anger will force the idiots in Washington DC to crack down. But the anger has to build a lot more before the Senators will listen.

We need a program (soon) that produces self-deportation by illegals. It is not enough to end illegal immigration. Many millions must return to Mexico and Central America or the mathematics of population growth say that this nation's demography will be dramatically tilted toward a mestizo majority.

German ethnics in America today are about 60 million...technically the #1 ethnicity in the country as ranked by USNews&WorldReport and the census. But I believe that is because the British ancestry is broken down into so many slices (including "American").

Still something like 6 million Germans came in the 1800s. This wave produced 60 million German ethnics in the USA today.

We have allowed at least twice that number of "hispanics" to enter the country in the past 30 years. Hispanics now number about 40 million and the vast majority are mestizo.

It's entirely possible that without mass deportation there will be 200 million mestizos in the USA and possibly many many more.

This Great Wave from Latin America is a demographic time bomb. The average IQ of the US population will drop and along with it the nation's standards including currency value if Hispanic immigrant population growth even loosely follows the European historical pattern.

Mestizos from Mexico and Central America (the term Hispanic is a US government invention) are not the Italian immigrants of the 21st century. That argument can only be made by people engaging in raw intellectual dishonesty.

We must accept that the poor, tired huddle masses of the world are not equal. The Puerto Rican and Haitian immigrant populations in the USA are dismal failures economically and otherwise.

Hispanic high school dropout rates are actually increasing with each successive native-born generation. Alarm bells should be ringing in every concerned citizen's head. Laggard communities will eventually be a majority nationwide if mass self-deportations do not occur.

"The center cannot hold...".

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