"But the judge wrote that police cannot prolong a stop or detention
"merely to confirm a person’s immigration status."A
citizen can be stopped on reasonable suspicion, asked for ID, and detained for
48 hours until their identity is established. What the law allows is
more important. HB 497 also bans sanctuary legislation or policies. It prevents
non citizens from claiming they are lawfully present. They can still make
arrests for trafficking and criminal activity. People detained here can be
transported to any ICE facility, ending catch and release in some facilities.
HB 497 has a provision that requires state and local agencies to
verify alien eligibility for all public benefits and professional licenses. It
was not stopped and becomes law.The judge ruled that immigration
enforcement is not all Federal, and is encouraged by current Federal law. Local
cities have the right to make e-verify mandatory, and stop renting to people
here illegally, with fines. Since the Supreme court ruled that e-verify and
renting were local issues, Obama can't mess it up.
The repeated references to a broken immigration system show the agenda in the
article. How is the immigration system broken - other than it is not enforced
so that people who are trying to immigrate legally wait for years for their turn
and those who ignore our laws are allowed to effectively jump to the head of the
line. We have fewer American citizens working today then we did 6 years ago,
but we have 10+ million aliens who are here in violation of US law who are
working. Many say there are jobs that Americans will not do, but that is not
accurate. There are jobs Americans will not do at the wage that unscrupulous
business owners can hire someone who is not legally in the country. To fix the "broken" immigration system - just enforce the law. Yes,
it will be hard, but the waves of children being sent into the country show that
our lack of enforcement is merely exacerbating the problem. If we really need
foreign workers, let's get the ones who are abiding by our laws and going
through proper channels. Not those who violate our laws and either work off the
books or engage in identity theft.
I and most Americans believe that as a nation of laws that encourages respect
for one another, a compassionate approach with a path to citizenship for certain
of the undocumented would only make us stronger. The idea that somehow
vengeance is necessary seems to me highly inappropriate.
When we consider enforcement of existing laws "vengeance" then we are
lost indeed.Look at what happens when our laws are ignored. ONE THIRD of
all foreign-born are here illegally.Magnets have been put in place that
attract unaccompanied children to the border with heartbreaking results.And somehow those of us calling for enforcement of the law are considered the
bad guys in all of this.I just don't get it.