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The federal government has always maintained jurisdiction over the laws surrounding immigration. However, states around the country, such as Arizona, are making state-level reforms.
August 28, 2010 /24-7PressRelease/ — The federal government has always maintained jurisdiction over the laws surrounding immigration. However, states around the country feel that the Obama Administration is not combating the problems associated with immigration and thus forcing them to pass their own laws. Numerous states have introduced bills, but Arizona is the first to take the lead at passing a real state-level immigration law. However, Arizona’s attempts at passing their own law have hit a roadblock after a federal district court judge issued an injunction against the state’s measures.
Arizona’s Immigration Law
Arizona is the most recent state to take immigration action into their own hands by passing a state-level law to tackle the influx of illegal aliens entering the state. On July 28, 2010, U.S. District Court Judge Susan R. Bolton issued an injunction to block enforcement of certain provisions of Arizona’s new immigration law. One day before originally expected to take effect, Judge Bolton declared sections of the law invalid.
Sections Judge Bolton invalidated include:
– Requiring police to check an individual’s immigration status if he or she reasonably believes the person is an illegal immigrant, even if stopped for other reasons
– Detaining illegal immigrant suspects until their legal status is verified
– Allowing warrantless arrests of suspected illegal immigrations
– Criminalizing immigrants who refuse to carry registration papers
Nearly 30 percent of 128,000 criminal immigrants removed from the U.S. last year committed crime involving illegal drugs, the Homeland Security Department announced Wednesday.
A total of 393,289 people were removed from the U.S. in 2009. Of those individuals, 128,345 were criminal aliens whose offense included the manufacture, distribution, sale and possession of illegal drugs, or 29 percent of all criminal aliens removed last year. Traffic offenses and immigration violations were the second- and third-most frequent type of violation, representing 15.9 and 15.4 percent of all removals, respectively.
The statistics, which were posted on the Department of Homeland Security’s website, also revealed that of the 613,000 foreign nationals apprehended by federal authorities, 86 percent were natives of Mexico. The next leading countries were Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, China and Brazil.
The report also found that a record high number of foreign nationals were removed — 393,000 — for a seventh consecutive year. The leading countries of origin of those removed were Mexico (72 percent), Guatemala (7 percent), and Honduras (7 percent).
Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials also detained approximately 383,000 foreign nationals in 2009, while 580,000 foreign nationals were returned to their home countries without a removal order, according to the report. Eighty-five percent of those returns involved Mexican or Canadian aliens.
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WASHINGTON – The Obama administration says it’s wrong to try to change the constitutional amendment that grants automatic citizenship to babies born in the United States.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says she’s surprised that Republican congressional leaders are joining a push to reconsider the 14th Amendment instead of working with Democrats on comprehensive immigration reform. Napolitano says that’s “just wrong.”
White House spokesman Robert Gibbs says President Barack Obama agrees with Napolitano.
Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky has said he supports holding hearings to reconsider the citizenship rights of illegal immigrants’ babies born in the U.S. But he emphasized that Washington should remain focused on border security.
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By Olympia Meola | TIMES-DISPATCH STAFF WRITER
Richmond, Va. —
The ACLU of Virginia yesterday urged law enforcement agencies to ignore Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s opinion on their power to inquire about immigration status, while opponents of illegal immigration pushed for more severe action.
Del. Robert G. Marshall, R-Prince William, who sought the opinion that Cuccinelli issued last Friday, sent a letter yesterday to all Virginia sheriff’s offices to encourage them “to do all that you can” using the powers described in the opinion to root out gangs.
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