ILW.COM Bloggings On April 28, 2010
by Greg Siskind
PRO-IMMIGRATION RALLIES SET FOR SATURDAY AROUND THE COUNTRY
On May 1, 2006, hundreds of thousands of immigrants around the country demonstrated against a restrictive immigration bill introduced in Congress. This weekend, similar demonstrations will occur around the US. I'll be attending my 20th law school reunion in Chicago this weekend and am hoping to attend that rally. I'd really rather be at the one in Phoenix and look forward to hearing reports from there.
UTAH CONSIDERING ARIZONA-STYLE IMMIGRATION LAW
Utah, a state that already has tough immigration laws, is considering following Arizona off the cliff.
REID CONSIDERING BRINGING IMMIGRATION BILL DIRECTLY TO FLOOR
ARIZONA BOYCOTT MOMENTUM GROWING
"Boycott Arizona" is now the 47th most popular search phrase in
Boycott calls were coming in from many fronts.
First and foremost, cities around the country are taking up resolutions to bar contracts with Arizona-based companies. Washington, DC, San Francisco and Los Angeles were some of the largest cities that began the process of considering boycotts. The President of the California Senate called on Governor Schwarzenegger to sever
The government of Mexico posted a travel warning telling Mexican citizens not to travel in Arizona. Mexicans is the number one source of foreign tourism in
Six conventions have now been canceled including the American Immigration Lawyers Association which was the first to announce it would scrap a major meeting, according to ABC News. Anecdotal evidence is already showing many individuals are canceling trips to Arizona. New York Times columnist Linda Greenhouse explained why should would never visit Arizona again until the law is repealed and urged everyone in
Boycott advocates also set their sights on baseball with calls to stay away from Arizona Diamondback games, both home and away, and for Major League Baseball to move next year's All Star game from Phoenix, something the League will have to take seriously given that 27% of the players are Hispanic.
Several major Spanish-language news outlets issued calls for boycotts.
Entertainers are beginning to announce plans to skip appearances in
And in one of the most interesting boycott-related stories, Arizona convention officials are worried that the Republican National Convention, which is considering Arizona for the 2012 convention, may choose another location.
IS REAL TARGET OF ARIZONA LAW HISPANIC US CITIZENS?
Left-wing reporter Greg Palast argues that the new Arizona law has nothing to do with stopping illegal immigration and everything to do with targeting the Hispanic US citizens in
COULD ARIZONA LAW COST REPUBLICANS GOVERNOR AND SENATOR SEATS?
So far this year we've been hearing that Democrats will lose seats left and right. But some think that Arizona Hispanics, who represent one-third of the state's voters, will severely punish the GOP. John McCain has tried to appeal to the Republican base and supported the bill and all three GOP candidates for governor, including Governor Jan Brewer, have also advocated for the new legislation. Now suddenly Democrats may be competitive in both the Senate and Governor's races this November. A new poll shows that Democratic Governor candidate Terry Goddard has picked up 26 points with Hispanics in the last few weeks largely as a result of SB1070.
MEXICAN PRESIDENT SAYS ARIZONA LAW WILL HURT RELATIONS
TANCREDO: ARIZONA HAS GONE TOO FAR
ARIZONA TAXPAYERS WILL NOW HAVE TO PAY FOR LAWYERS FOR IMMIGRANTS
Kudos to my colleague Elissa Taub who pointed out something rather interesting that none of the supporters of the Arizona law have told Arizonans. Under federal immigration law, a removal proceeding is a civil proceeding and one is not entitled to a public defender or any assistance in paying for help from an immigration lawyer.
However, the new Arizona law makes it a state crime to be illegally present in the state. What this means is that any person charged under the new law is entitled to a taxpayer funded public defender or taxpayer funded private lawyer. And we lawyers don't come cheap. So congrats Arizonans on helping transfer a huge portion of your hard earned money to my colleagues in the Land of Enchantment.
CHRISTIAN ORGANIZATION VOWS TO DEFY ARIZONA LAW
The Sojourners are condemning the new law and promising civil disobedience. Here is their leader Reverend Jim Wallace's statement:
BIPARTISAN CALL FOR ENDING DEPORTATION OF STUDENTS
REID TO GRAHAM: YOU HAVE THREE WEEKS TO DELIVER REPUBLICANS OR WE'RE DOING IT OURSELVES
Tough talk from the Senate Majority Leader. Some, including my good friend Tamar Jacoby, think this is a really bad idea. I'm not so sure. I think fear of losing the Hispanic vote for a generation or more and the sudden urgency of the situation created by the Arizona fiasco could make responsible Republicans at least seek to block a filibuster and allow for a majority vote (as seems likely with financial regulatory reform). But Tamar is right that we'll get a better bill if pro-business Republicans play a role since some of the overreaching protectionist efforts of the unions will be easier to block. This is particularly true when it comes to developing a workable guest worker program. The Gutierrez bill, which some think will be template of a Democratic bill if there is no Republican participation, is very good in many respects but its guest worker program is a disaster and its use of a commission to set visa levels, with what seems like a veto power for organized labor, is deeply worrisome. I am an optimist by nature and think we'll get a deal this year that will be bipartisan and will do a lot of good. But it will take a lot of work and some lucky breaks.
SHERIFF JOE READY TO GO TO TOWN WITH NEW LAW
Not a surprising, but it does show that Governor Brewer's promise to keep police in line is worthless.
IMMIGRATION HUMOR - A DRY FASCISM
Saturday Night Live's Seth Meyers skewers Arizona's new law. [NOTE: NBC has now posted the clip and it has been removed from Youtube. The Arizona part is about 20 seconds in]
JEWISH ORGANIZATIONS SPEAK OUT AGAINST ARIZONA LAW
Even though America's Jewish community includes virtually known of the folks being targeted by the anti-immigrant law in Arizona, members of the community get nervous when they see individuals in another minority group being targeted unjustly. Laws that demand that people show their papers make Jews especially concerned since in generations past (think Nazi Germany) in other countries, similar laws were part of campaigns of persecution.
The first group to weigh in, appropriately, was the state's Reform Rabbis. It's rather refreshing that this is the case because 47 years ago when Northern rabbis went down to Birmingham, Alabama to support Martin Luther King and his fellow segregation protesters, they were asked to go home by their counterparts in Alabama.
Hopefully, we'll see every major religious community publicly opposing.
PHOENIX MAY SUE STATE OF ARIZONA
My guess is that Arizona's largest city is going to be the first in a long line of plaintiff's challenging the constitutionality of SB10780.
H-1B NUMBERS BEING USED AT A SLOW PACE
USCIS just released its figures on H-1B usage for the second week of the H-1B filing season. Just 100 visas were requested across the entire country, bring the total requested for the fiscal year beginning in October to 13,600.
THE ARIZONA BOYCOTT
This was inevitable. As Chris Hayes of The Nation told Keith Olbermann this evening, a boycott could "recalculate the incentives" for the citizens of Arizona and the politicians in the state. Once Super Bowls and major conventions start to go elsewhere (as was the case two decades ago when a similar boycott was successfully used to protest the state's failure to recognize the Martin Luther King holiday), the cavalier anti-immigrant positions will become a lot more expensive. Hopefully, the business community and sensible Arizonans who are appalled by what just happened in their state will mobilize to repeal the bill to prevent an economic nightmare.
The national boycott call was actually made two nights ago on Olbermann's show when Arizona Congressman Raúl Grijalva called for a boycott of his own state if Governor Brewer signed SB 1070. No surprise that his office closed today due to his receiving death threats.
Almost immediately after the signing of the bill, boycott related announcements were already being made. The American Immigration Lawyers Association, which has been fighting for reforming our immigration laws, decided to set an example by cancelling its annual fall conference in Arizona.
The Arizona Republic was already carrying a report about a national boycott by truckers and Olbermann already suggested in tonight's broadcast that Major League Baseball pull its Grapefruit preseason league from the state.
But the bill's sponsor, Senator Russell Pearce, apparently thinks a boycott won't happen, according to Tucson's Arizona Star:
Pearce seems to be daring the pro-immigration community to try and boycott. Probably not so smart.
ARIZONA GOVERNOR PULLS THE TRIGGER
I'm blogging from my iPhone and by now most of you have heard that the Arizona law that makes it a crime to be Hispanic is a law. Later this evening I'll be covering how the country is reacting, including the President. Stay tuned.
REP. BILBRAY: ARIZONA COPS CAN SPOT ILLEGALLY PRESENT IMMIGRANTS BY THE WAY THEY DRESS
IMMIGRATION HUMOR: ARIZONA'S NEW LAW - NO PROBLEMO
WEIGHING IN ON ARIZONA OVERREACH
Ed Schultz thinks the Arizona bill has forced the White House to deal with immigration reform sooner than they otherwise might have.The Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police issue a statement opposing the bill (somehow I doubt Sheriff Joe approved).
America's Voice delivers a petition with 50,000 signatures urging Governor Brewer to veto the bill.
NAFSA: The Association for International Education is concerned about the impact the bill will have on our ability to attract the best foreign students.
The American Immigration Council warns Governor Brewer that the new bill could cost the state a massive amount of money.
PELOSI TELLS REID: IMMIGRATION CAN MOVE AHEAD OF CLIMATE BILL
Another sign we're about to get in to a serious debate over immigration reform. From Roll Call:
According to Senate Democratic aides, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) agreed during a Tuesday afternoon meeting that a “moral imperative” exists to move immigration reform in 2010. The decision to press ahead on such a controversial issue now — in an election year — comes even though Democrats have had little success attracting GOP support for their initiatives in the 111th Congress.
MCCAIN: ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS DELIBERATELY CAUSING CAR ACCIDENTS
Greg Siskind is a partner in Siskind Susser's Memphis, Tennessee, office. After graduating magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University, he received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Chicago. Mr. Siskind is a member of AILA, a board member of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, and a member of the ABA, where he serves on the LPM Publishing Board as Marketing Vice Chairman. He is the author of several books, including the J Visa Guidebook and The Lawyer's Guide to Marketing on the Internet. Mr. Siskind practices all areas of immigration law, specializing in immigration matters of the health care and technology industries. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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