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U.S. States Passing Own Immigration Laws

14
Mar
2011

by in Immigration

U.S. States, frustrated at the federal government’s lack of any effort whatsoever to address the nation’s immigration problems, have begun to take matters into their own hands by passing immigration laws.

Utah is the most recent example of a state preempting the federal government’s role. Utah legislators approved new laws this month that include giving local police greater ability to check the immigration status of any one who is arrested. To counter this, they also passed a measure setting up a state guest-worker program for illegal workers.

Some other states are passing similar laws. In Oklahoma, legislators are are currently attempting to forbid drivers from picking up illegal day workers. South Carolina, meanwhile is considering to make it a felony to sell a fake ID to immigrants who are out of proper legal status.

Arizona remains by far the most anti-immigrant state. It’s most recent concoction, known as SB 1070, mandates that people to carry identification proving they are authorized to be in the U.S. (“Let me see your papers”). However, other states that try to mimic similar proposals will likely face legal challenges in court on constitutional grounds.

This myriad of legal propositions and proposals might just jar up some action in the U.S. Capitol. By any measure, U.S. lawmakers have failed miserably in recent memory to provide any kind comprehensive solution to our country’s outdated and ineffective immigration system and has rather wasted time fighting over gimmicky political quick fixes, if even that. Despite President Obama’s rhetoric, his administration has done next to nothing on the issue. New Jersey Immigration Lawyer.

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