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Alabama Enacts Harshest Illegal Immigration Law Yet

Arizona, eat your heart out

(Newser) - Arizona’s controversial SB 1070 law has nothing on the sweeping law Alabama Governor Robert Bentley signed yesterday. HB 56 prevents illegal immigrants from going to college, applying for jobs, or renting apartments, the LA Times reports. It requires anyone registering to vote to pass a citizenship check. And, like...

Supreme Court: States Can Punish Firms Hiring Illegals

Justices uphold law allowing Arizona to yank licenses

(Newser) - The Supreme Court today upheld an Arizona law that proscribes a so-called “business death penalty” for companies that knowingly hire illegal immigrants. In a 5-3 decision, the court said that states are free to take action against employers on immigration—which augurs well for supporters of Arizona’s more...

Santana to Georgia: You Should Be Ashamed of Yourself

Blasts state for 'cruel law,' and has harsh words for Arizona, too

(Newser) - Carlos Santana is not happy with Georgia's new immigration law —or the Arizona law it's modeled on, for that matter. "The people of Arizona, and the people of Atlanta, Georgia, you should be ashamed of yourselves," the musician said at yesterday's annual baseball Civil...

Tough Immigration Bill Becomes Law in Georgia

Governor signs Arizona-style measures into law

(Newser) - Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has signed some of the country's toughest anti-illegal immigration measures into law. The Georgia law—largely modeled on Arizona's—allows local police to question certain suspects about their immigration status, penalizes people who knowingly transport illegal immigrants, and makes using fake ID to get...

Arizona: Please Donate to Help Build Border Fence

Gov. Jan Brewer signed bill launching the plan

(Newser) - If the federal government won't complete Arizona's border fence, then gosh darn it, the state is going to do it itself. Arizona lawmakers have a plan that would get the fence built using online donations and 50-cents-an-hour prison labor, and Gov. Jan Brewer recently signed a bill setting...

Gaga Smacks Ariz. Crackdown
 Gaga Smacks Ariz. Crackdown 
Also, headed to 'Idol'

Gaga Smacks Ariz. Crackdown

Singer is no fan of immigration law, will join 'American Idol'

(Newser) - Gay rights champion Lady Gaga is now taking on illegal immigration and Arizona's controversial crackdown in particular: The singer, in Mexico City for two shows, smacked the law yesterday, saying, "I don't stand by many of those unjust immigration laws in my country." She said she...

Jan Brewer: White House 'Snubbed' Me

Arizona guv would have appreciated invite to immigration reform meeting

(Newser) - The White House must've, er, forgotten to invite Jan Brewer—champion of Arizona's controversial immigration law—to its roundtable on immigration reform yesterday, and she considers that "truly a snub." Said Brewer last night on Fox News: "You would have thought one of the governors...

Georgia Passes Arizona-Style Immigration Bill

Governor Nathan Deal noncommittal about signing

(Newser) - Georgia lawmakers passed a bill in the mold of Arizona’s controversial illegal immigration measure yesterday, over strident objections from immigration advocates and the state’s powerful agriculture industry. The bill will force employers with 10 or more workers to check new hires’ immigration status, and give police the power...

US Court Upholds Block on Ariz. Immigration Law

Backs lower court that staved off key parts

(Newser) - A US appeals court today ruled that key parts of Arizona's controversial immigration law will remain blocked, reports the Washington Post, “Arizona has attempted to hijack a discretionary role that Congress delegated to the Executive,’’ read the majority opinion in the 2-1 decision, which ordered only that...

Arizona Senate Shoots Down Immigration Bills

Lawmakers reject 'anchor baby' bill

(Newser) - The Arizona Senate has rejected a package of controversial immigration bills , including measures aimed at forcing the US Supreme Court to rule against granting birthright citizenship to the children of illegal immigrants. Other rejected measures would have made it a crime for illegal immigrants to drive a vehicle, and would...

Ariz. Bills Would Bar Illegals From Driving, Marriage

Committee also peels back 'birthright' citizenship

(Newser) - An Arizona Senate committee passed a new immigration bill yesterday that would prevent illegal immigrants from driving or buying a car, getting married, or sending their children to school. They also passed a bill ending “birthright citizenship,” in defiance of the 14th Amendment. Under that bill, Arizona will...

Why Arizona Is 'Crazy Town' on Immigration

Senate President Russell Pearce now has big clout

(Newser) - Last year, Arizona made waves with its law requiring immigrants to carry documentation with them everywhere; now, a raft of new immigration measures in the state’s legislature may be even more controversial. What is it about Arizona that drives such “extreme legislation”? asks Eliza Gray in the...

Arizona's 'Anchor Baby' Bill Is Childish, Dumb
Arizona's 'Anchor Baby' Bill
Is Childish, Dumb

Arizona's 'Anchor Baby' Bill Is Childish, Dumb

Leonard Pitts: The problem exists in their 'fevered imaginations'

(Newser) - This week, Arizona lawmakers began debating a bill that would save them from the dreaded menace of anchor babies — “a ‘problem’ that exists largely in their fevered imaginations,” writes Leonard Pitts Jr. in the Detroit Free Press . These delusional lawmakers envision “armies of pregnant Mexican...

Arizona Suing Feds Over Lax Border Security

Suit accuses government of failing to prevent 'invasion'

(Newser) - Arizona is taking the federal government to court for poor border security, alleging that it hasn't done enough to stop illegal immigration law, and protect the state from "invasion." The suit was filed as a counter suit to the federal government's legal challenge to the state's controversial immigration...

States Take Up Fight Against 'Anchor Babies'

At least five will try to deny citizenship to children of illegal immigrants

(Newser) - Starting this week, at least five states including Arizona, Oklahoma, Missouri, and Pennsylvania will begin to fight against granting automatic US citizenship to children born, in America, to illegal immigrants. As frustration with the federal government’s inaction rises, the immigration battle is coming to the states, the New York ...

Arizona-Like Immigration Plan Splits California GOP

Ballot measure may not have enough support for 2012

(Newser) - In California, where Latinos comprise the fastest-growing portion of the electorate, some Republicans want their own version of Arizona’s controversial immigration law —but others disagree, and the party rift is threatening the measure’s chances of getting on the 2012 ballot. "It's completely counterproductive to the future...

Private Prison Industry Helped Draft Arizona Immigration Bill

Mass detentions mean huge profits

(Newser) - If Arizona's immigration law survives its court challenges, it could result in mass detentions of immigrants—and massive profits for the private prisons holding them. So while it's no surprise the industry supports the measure, an NPR investigation reveals that it actually helped draft the law. The report shows how...

Tea Party Rage? No, Crazy White People
 Tea Party Rage? 
 No, Crazy White People 

Tea Party Rage? No, Crazy White People

Everything we've seen since Obama's election is about race

(Newser) - How do you explain the past two years of utterly unhinged conservative rhetoric? Steven Thrasher of the Village Voice has a theory: “White people have simply gone sheer f---ing insane.” In a lengthy cover story, Thrasher recounts all the insanity of the Obama era—from Dr. Laura’s...

Arizona Can't Afford Immigration Crackdown

Jailing immigrants costly for cash-strapped state

(Newser) - Arizona might have one little problem with its controversial new immigration law: It can’t afford to enforce it. The state already has a budget deficit of at least $368 million, and jailing illegal immigrants could expand that significantly. Holding, say, 5,000 immigrants would cost the state $182.5...

Tea Partiers Mass on Arizona-Mexico Border

'We'll keep screaming,' says candidate packing heat

(Newser) - Hundreds of Tea Party activists massed along a remote section of the Arizona-Mexico border yesterday to rally in support of the state's controversial immigration law. They demanded the federal government commit more resources to keep illegal immigrants out of the country, and listened to speeches from conservative candidates, AP reports....

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