During a television interview Tuesday, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell said he was “concerned” about people being forced to carry documentation at all times under the law. As quoted in the Washington Post, McDonnell said: “I’m concerned about the whole idea of carrying papers and always having to be able to prove your citizenship. That brings up some shades of some other regimes that weren’t necessarily helpful to democracy.”
A new framework for legislation by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) represents an important step forward in the immigration debate. As the controversy over the Draconian, anti-immigrant law in Arizona continues to build, the initiative by Senate Democratic leaders provides a workable path forward for both parties to come together and enact a lasting federal fix to the problem this year.
Anti-immigrant fervor could be more costly than Arizona lawmakers expected. Thanks to SB 1070, a new law that requires immigrants to carry papers at all times to prove their legal status, the state has become the focal point of the national immigration debate. The bill and the buzz surrounding it illustrates a desperate need for a federal fix to the broken immigration system.
While the stretches of tug-of-war continued between Republicans and Democrats (and internally between the parties) about how to respond to the pressure for action on the immigration front raised by the enactment of law S.B. 1070 in Arizona, the group of young students who walked from Miami to the federal capital, Washington, D.C. for immigration reform and the law that that would legalize them, the DREAM Act, challenged the government to shoulder its responsibility and provide real solutions to the immigration limbo of millions.
The Spanish-language press focuses on the release of a framework for immigration reform designed by Democratic senators Harry Reid (D-NV), Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ). Meanwhile, attacks on Arizona for its anti-immigrant law continue, and the Trail of DREAMs students arrive in Washington.
Our new video might be outrageous, but it’s nothing compared to Arizona’s new immigration law.
Watch our hilarious video about Arizona’s outrageous new immigration law. The state is forcing cops to interrogate, fine, or even jail anyone who “looks” undocumented and leaves their wallet at home. Tell President Obama to stop this law and move real immigration reform right away.
The Spanish-language press finds setbacks for comprehensive immigration reform on Capitol Hill, as Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) says it won’t happen until 2012 and Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) says it won’t happen until after climate change legislation. But across the country, the urgency of reform is driving a call to march this Saturday, May 1.
As they approach Washington, the walkers need you to stand with them now, more than ever. They are scheduled to arrive at the White House tomorrow at 9:00 am. From there, they will walk to the National Press Club for a press conference.
Last night, Rachel Maddow exposed the network operating behind the Arizona’s new SB 1070 bill – notoriously known as legislation that promotes racial profiling.
From the neo-nazi-hugging Arizona senator, Russel Pearce, who introduced the bill, to the Federation of American Immigration Reform — designated as a “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center — who wrote it (and could profit off of it!), Maddow takes a close look at the operatives behind this anti-immigrant legislation