(CNN) — A federal appeals court on Monday affirmed a previous injunction of Arizona’s controversial immigration law, another setback for legislation that has drawn sharp opposition from President Barack Obama’s administration.
In its ruling, a three-judge panel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit sided with the U.S. Justice Department and against Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, who signed the measure known as SB 1070 into law last year.
The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a public hearing today on a bill that would require hospitals to check patients’ immigration status. Senate Bill 1405 would require hospitals to confirm an individual is a legal resident before admitting him or her for non-emergency care. The hospital would have to notify federal immigration officers if the individual was not in the country legally. The bill would allow hospitals to provide emergency care to illegal immigrants, but it would require them to report the individuals once the care was completed. Hospitals that failed to comply with the law could be sued.
This is just about the most appalling thing I’ve read in a long time. Women who are hemorrhaging, or who have been beaten or who have sick children use hospitals too. And people wonder how that fucked up shit in Philly could happen.
This is in Arizona, if you couldn’t guess. This is beyond sickening.
A week has passed since the state’s controversial new immigration law took partial effect, since its supporters began waving signs - “Adios, illegals!” - and since the woman inside the apartment decided the city has become so dangerous for her that it is best to keep hidden inside.
“We are thinking she could go in the back of her uncle’s truck - he drives an 18-wheeler,” says the woman’s husband, John, a U.S. citizen, suggesting how his wife, Viridiana, who is Mexican and crossed the U.S. border illegally eight years ago, might leave Arizona.
“I’m scared of that,” says Viridiana, who has a disabled 5-year-old son and a 2-year-old daughter.
“We could all go in the van,” John suggests. “But then I could be arrested for harboring … “
Viridiana hears rumors almost every day: that public bus drivers are asking passengers for papers; that landlords are evicting tenants who can’t prove they are citizens; that the sheriff is going to start sweeping for illegal immigrants at Food City, where Viridiana used to shop, or at soccer fields such as the one across the street. She worries about every police car she sees, about the air of vigilantism she feels taking hold.
So, on this afternoon, she begins to consider two imperfect choices: stay hidden or join the quiet exodus underway, with families heading to New Mexico, California and other states where they might find a relative and a place they can live without worry.
Because I am a mother, I believe that all children, even those children who are already adults, regardless of whether their residence is legal or not, are deserving of healthcare, education, and having a safe and effective means to meet their basic human needs. Because I am a realist, I realize that not all individuals have the finances or other resources to enter this country legally. Because I am a compassionate human being, I know many have come out of desperation, as social, political, or economic refugees. Because I am neighborly, I think we should find an avenue for those who have already made this country their HOME, many for decades, to legally gain citizenship in the country they have already joined culturally, economically, emotionally, and socially. Because I am cautious, I want my law enforcement to know who is living in my neighborhood. Because I am observant, I can see that the best way to keep tabs on those who immigrate to our country is to diminish the proportion of the population who must remain in hiding in order to stay in the country. And because I love history, I am a little bit gleeful at the incredible alarm and dismay the huge influx of Hispanic peoples to this country has caused in many of my fellow citizens.
Yes, I know I just lost you there.
When we are taught about the European immigration to the Americas, our history textbooks focus on English immigration almost exclusively. Sure there’s some mention of the Dutch, French and Spanish, but that’s largely in relation to the wars or other not-so-friendly friendly interactions the English immigrants had with those “other” colonials. English immigration to the Americas involved men AND women, a significant factor when you want to talk babies. Because all colonials had babies. Huh. Wonder how? Let’s think…
Oh yeah, ALL those other people that were already hanging around.
So - when you look at the countries that were colonized by other European states, let’s say Spain for example, you get “mixed” populations of Spanish and Native American babies. Who then grew up and had babies, who had babies, who had babies who are INVADING OUR COUNTRY, OMG! THE FOREIGNERS! Oh wait. No. Those are Native Peoples who happen to speak Spanish. Or if they’re from, let’s say, Mexico, maybe one of the other 63 indigenous American languages recognized by the Mexican government.
So Arizona, as to your asinine law, you go ahead and make your “treaties” knowing how, in the end, those things have a way of not being kept. Funny how history has a way of repeating itself.
[M]y children don’t look Hispanic.
Nevada gubernatorial candidate Brian Sandoval, explaining why he doesn’t fear his kids would get harassed by Arizona’s immigration bill, which he supports.
Oops. You had to know that was a bad idea riiiight after it came out.
A judge today blocked the most controversial sections of Arizona’s new immigration law from taking effect Thursday, handing a major legal victory to opponents of the crackdown.
The law will still take effect Thursday but without many of the provisions that angered opponents — including sections that required officers to check a person’s immigration status while enforcing other laws. The judge also put on hold a part of the law that required immigrants to carry their papers at all times and made it illegal for undocumented workers to solicit employment in public places.
U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton put those controversial sections on hold until the courts resolve the issues.
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer Met by Protestors during the National Governor's Association Meeting in Boston - Progressive Democrats of America ›
Today, a dramatic protest took to the streets of Boston to protest the presence of Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer during the annual meeting of the National Governor’s Association. Despite torrential rains, a two-mile march went from the rally site at Copley Square to the Sheraton Hotel, where the governors were meeting. March organizers estimated that well over 600 people participated in the three-hour rally and march.
Demonstrators came from throughout the region, with organized transportation coming from Worcester, Fitchburg, Providence, New Haven, New London, New York City, Syracuse, Baltimore, Washington DC, Philadelphia and elsewhere.
At the rally opening, Jennifer Zalanda, representing the ANSWER Coalition, said “Today, our message will be heard: Legal Rights for Immigrant Workers! And this is not only a message to Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, but to all of the state governors. We will not let the racist Arizona law SB 1070—or any racist bills being considered across the country—go unchallenged.”
Arizona Sen. John McCain has a message for illegal residents of his state: Go back where you came from.
I have a message for you, John McCain: STFU.
Unless Gov. Brewer can provide hard data to substantiate her claim that most undocumented people crossing into Arizona are ‘drug mules,’ she must retract such an outrageous statement. If she has no data and is just mouthing off for political reasons, as I believe she is doing, then she must apologize to the people of Arizona for lying to them so blatantly.
The Obama administration has decided to sue Arizona over the state’s controversial immigration law, according to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. The Justice Department declined Thursday to confirm such a plan.
In a June 8 interview with an Ecuadorean television station, Clinton said the department, under President Obama’s direction, “will be bringing a lawsuit” over the measure. A video of the interview was distributed Thursday by the American Civil Liberties Union, which urged the administration to go to court.
Justice Department spokesman Matthew Miller said the department “continues to review the law” and declined to comment further.
If this actually happens, I’d like to know what took so long. It shouldn’t be that difficult for Justice to work out a legal strategy for attacking the legislation and, aside from being the right thing to do, it’s a good way to fight back against the GOP-controlled Arizona state government, which is a political enemy. Maybe this is being timed so that the hearings start closer to midterms, in order to help motivate Hispanic voters across the country? — Ryking