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Center for Immigration Studies on the New Arizona Immigration Law, SB1070

HERE IS SOME BACKGROUND INFORMATION ON THE CENTER FOR IMMIGRATION STUDIES, THE ORGANIZATION THAT PUBLISHED THE ARTICLE IN THIS BLOG. I PRAY THIS ARTICLE WILL CLEAR UP THE MANY MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT THIS ARIZONA IMMIGRATION LAW AND THAT IT WILL REFUTE THE ABSOLUTE LIES THAT ARE COMING FROM THE LIBERALS. THANKS, SCOOP


About the Center for Immigration Studies





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The Center for Immigration Studies is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit, research organization. Since our founding in 1985, we have pursued a single mission – providing immigration policymakers, the academic community, news media, and concerned citizens with reliable information about the social, economic, environmental, security, and fiscal consequences of legal and illegal immigration into the United States.


The Center is governed by a diverse board of directors that has included active and retired university professors, civil rights leaders, and former government officials. Our research and analysis has been funded by contributions and grants from dozens of private foundations, from the U.S. Census Bureau and Justice Department, and from hundreds of generous individual donors.


Our board, our staff, our researchers, and our contributor base are not predominantly "liberal" or predominantly "conservative." Instead, we believe in common that debates about immigration policy that are well-informed and grounded in objective data will lead to better immigration policies.


The data collected by the Center during the past quarter-century has led many of our researchers to conclude that current, high levels of immigration are making it harder to achieve such important national objectives as better public schools, a cleaner environment, homeland security, and a living wage for every native-born and immigrant worker. These data may support criticism of US immigration policies, but they do not justify ill feelings toward our immigrant community. In fact, many of us at the Center are animated by a "low-immigration, pro-immigrant" vision of an America that admits fewer immigrants but affords a warmer welcome for those who are admitted.

BELOW IS THE ARTICLE THAT EXPLAINS SB1070, THE ARIZONA IMMIGRATION BILL THAT WENT INTO LAW THIS WEEK:




By Mark Krikorian
April 2010
Announcements



WASHINGTON (April 29, 2010) – The new law recently signed by the governor of Arizona, SB 1070, makes it a crime to violate some federal immigration statutes. While the law is extremely popular in the state, with 70 percent of Arizona voters approving of it and just 23 percent opposed, it has raised controversy. Below is a brief summary of the relevant information on illegal immigration in Arizona, followed by a short analysis of SB 1070’s major provisions.


Illegal immigration in Arizona:



  • The federal government estimated that Arizona had one of the fastest growing illegal immigrant populations in the country, increasing from 330,000 in 2000 to 560,000 by 2008.1


  • Arizona has adopted other laws to deter the settlement of illegal immigrants in the state in recent years. The federal government estimates that the illegal immigrant population dropped by 18 percent in the state from 2008 to 2009, compared to a 7 percent drop for the nation as a whole.2 This may be evidence that the state enforcement efforts are having an impact.


  • The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office has found that 22 percent of felonies in the county are committed by illegal immigrants.3 Illegal immigrants are estimated to be 10 percent of the county’s adult population.4


  • Analysis of data from State Criminal Alien Assistance Program showed that illegal immigrants were 11 percent of the state’s prison population. Illegal immigrants were estimated to be 8 percent of state’s adult population at the time of the analysis.5


  • Approximately 17 percent of those arrested by the Border Patrol in its Tucson Sector have criminal records in the United States.6


  • The issue of illegal immigration and crime is very difficult to measure, and while in Arizona there is evidence that illegal immigrants are committing a disproportionate share of crime, it is not clear this is the case nationally.7


  • In 2007, the Center for Immigration Studies estimated that 12 percent of workers in the Arizona are illegal immigrants.8


  • In 2007, the Center estimated that illegal immigrants and their U.S.-born children (under 18) comprise one-fifth of those in the state living in poverty, one-third of those without health insurance, and one out of six students in the state’s schools.9


  • In 2007, the Center estimated that one-third of households headed by illegal immigrants in Arizona used at least one major welfare program, primarily food-assistance programs or Medicaid. Benefits were typically received on behalf of U.S.-born children.10


  • The new law (SB 1070) is extremely popular among Arizona voters. A Rasmussen poll found that 70 percent of voters approve of the new bill, and just 23 percent oppose it.11
  • Among the new law’s provisions:



    • The new Arizona law mirrors federal law, which already requires aliens (non-citizens) to register and carry their documents with them (8 USC 1304(e) and 8 USC 1306(a)). The new Arizona law simply states that violating federal immigration law is now a state crime as well. Because illegal immigrants are by definition in violation of federal immigration laws, they can now be arrested by local law enforcement in Arizona.


    • The law is designed to avoid the legal pitfall of “pre-emption,” which means a state can’t adopt laws that conflict with federal laws. By making what is a federal violation also a state violation, the Arizona law avoids this problem.


    • The law only allows police to ask about immigration status in the normal course of “lawful contact” with a person, such as a traffic stop or if they have committed a crime.


    • Estimates from the federal government indicate that more than 80 percent of illegal immigrants come from Latin America.12 Thus, there is concern that police may target only Hispanics for enforcement.


    • Before asking a person about immigration status, law enforcement officials are required by the law to have “reasonable suspicion” that a person is an illegal immigrant. The concept of “reasonable suspicion” is well established by court rulings. Since Arizona does not issue driver's licenses to illegal immigrants, having a valid license creates a presumption of legal status. Examples of reasonable suspicion include:



      • A driver stopped for a traffic violation has no license, or record of a driver's license or other form of federal or state identification.



      • A police officer observes someone buying fraudulent identity documents or crossing the border illegally.



      • A police officer recognizes a gang member back on the street who he knows has been previously deported by the federal government.


    • The law specifically states that police, “may not solely consider race, color or national origin” when implementing SB 1070.


    • When Arizona’s governor signed the new law, she also issued an executive order requiring the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board to provide local police with additional training on what does and what does not constitute “reasonable suspicion.”13


    • # # #
      The Center for Immigration Studies is an independent non-partisan research institution that examines the impact of immigration on the United States. It is not involved in drafting legislation and has not formally endorsed or opposed SB 1070.



      Endnotes


      1 See Table 4 “Estimates of the Unauthorized Immigrant Population Residing in the United States: January 2008,” http://www.dhs.gov/xlibrary/assets/statistics/publications/oi....


      2 See "Estimates of the Unauthorized Immigrant Population Residing in the United States: January 2009,” Table 4, http://www.dhs.gov/xlibrary/assets/statistics/publications/oi... See also Table 4 “Estimates of the Unauthorized Immigrant Population Residing in the United States: January 2008,” http://www.dhs.gov/xlibrary/assets/statistics/publications/oi....


      3 The Maricopa County Attorney’s office report is at: http://www.mcaodocuments.com/press/20081002_a-whitepaper.pdf.


      4 See Table 3 in “Immigration and Crime: Assessing a Conflicted Issue,” http://www.cis.org/ImmigrantCrime.


      5 See Table 6 in “Immigration and Crime: Assessing a Conflicted Issue,” http://www.cis.org/ImmigrantCrime.


      6 See “The Krentz Bonfire: Will the murder of a respected Cochise County rancher change anything on our border?”
      Tucson Weekly, April 29, 2010, http://www.tucsonweekly.com/tucson/the-krentz-bonfire/Content....


      7 The Center for Immigration Studies has conducted a detailed review of the literature and data available on crime. Nationally it is very difficult to come to a clear conclusion about crime rates among immigrants. The report, “Immigration and Crime: Assessing a Conflicted Issue,” is at: http://www.cis.org/ImmigrantCrime.


      8 See Tables 21 in “Immigrants in the United States, 2007: A Profile of America's Foreign-Born Population,” http://www.cis.org/immigrants_profile_2007.


      9 See Tables 23, 24, and 26 in “Immigrants in the United States, 2007: A Profile of America's Foreign-Born Population,” http://www.cis.org/immigrants_profile_2007.


      10 See Tables 25 in “Immigrants in the United States, 2007: A Profile of America's Foreign-Born Population,” http://www.cis.org/immigrants_profile_2007.


      11 Rasmussen poll released April 21, 2010, of likely voters in Arizona, http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/elect....


      12 See "Estimates of the Unauthorized Immigrant Population Residing in the United States: January 2009,” Figure 2, http://www.dhs.gov/xlibrary/assets/statistics/publications/oi....


      13 See http://www.azpost.state.az.us/bulletins/eo201009.pdf.




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  • laureenf 2010/04/30 11:24:56
    laureenf
    +6
    This won't matter to those who would rather throw open the doors and pretend we are being compassionate. You could read this out loud and they will still say,"racist!" or "Cops are mean and stupid"....this only works if the reader is actually interested in knowing the truth....Thanks for the post tho'....maybe we'll get one or two to re-consider their out-rage.

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  • Kathy 2010/05/18 22:58:51
  • SCOOP--... Kathy 2010/05/18 23:11:57
    SCOOP--RIP, MY DEAR MAX
    +1
    Kathy, I didn't get the share and I didn't see that post, but I had posted the very same thing a little while back. I wish we had Mexico's immigration laws.
  • Kathy SCOOP--... 2010/05/19 18:03:27
    Kathy
    +1
    Now there is an idea:)
    I like the part where no protests, no other flag.
    I get so mad that they protest us. We are NOT racists we just want what is fair.
    Thank you Scoop
  • Donnie 2010/05/16 02:20:03
  • JOE 2010/05/13 18:14:32
    JOE
    +1
    The facts don't matter to those calling for "amnesty". Obama/Pelosi/Reid bieng in charge in the Nation's Capitol, they only view Illegal Aliens as prospective votes for them to continue their big government socialistic programs.
    Come November, 2010, remember "Its Time To Throw The Bums Out" and then deport all who have broken the laws of our land.
  • jimiwhitten 2010/05/13 18:03:03
    jimiwhitten
    +1
    Very good post, law, idea... From EVERYTHING that I have read this "new" law merely says that Arizona is going to enforce the federal laws that already exists. Arizona has done a lot of great things lately. I am very proud of my future home state, the immigration law and the law requiring demonstration of eligibility to hold office to get your name on the ballot are just the two biggest reasons. I sent Governor Brewer a note thanking her for standing up for the rest of America! You can too, it is very easy from the Arizona website, http://az.gov/ to send the governor a message.
  • SCOOP--... jimiwhi... 2010/05/13 18:10:44
    SCOOP--RIP, MY DEAR MAX
    Thank you.
  • none 2010/05/13 17:58:35
    none
    +1
    Now if the other 49 states will do as Arizona did we'll be able to do something about the ILLEGAL immigrant situation that effects all states. The Feds won't do anything and they've proved that so it's up to the states to step in and do the right thing, enforce the law.
  • SoCalEx-Dem 2010/05/13 17:52:00
    SoCalEx-Dem
    +1
    Most Americans support Arizona's law. Except for the Democrats who seem to be very anti-American. In my state we have the crazy people in office that are actually supporting a boycott of Arizona. How will that help California? It won't, but it could help us get rid of some of these fools from office. Like our Mayor, there has been talk of a recall. Sounds good to me.
  • Old Geecer 2010/05/13 15:39:37
    Old Geecer
    +1
    Everybody knows what illegally is; the same is for running a stop sign, and every body know they broke the law and must pay for the offence if a police officer see you breaking the law, the problem with illegal aliens the law official are told not to arrest illegal aliens because our Government don't want to pay to imprison them or deal with the problem, and remember allot of our representatives are hiring illegals, and we all know that greed and big money is running this Country and will preserve this illegal act. We can not say or do anything to change this, it has taken many of years of neglect to get to this illegal alien problem and we will all be affected by this neglect!
  • SA 2010/05/13 14:00:29
    SA
    +1
    Great article! Thanks!! ;)
  • SCOOP--... SA 2010/05/13 14:28:08
    SCOOP--RIP, MY DEAR MAX
    You are so welcome.
  • Dogzebra~PWCM~JLA 2010/05/13 13:57:07
    Dogzebra~PWCM~JLA
    +1
    Now if we can persuade liberals to obtain the free glasses that they were issued along with the free healthcare they wanted so badly, perhaps they'd read this and allow our borders to be sealed against foreign intrusion and illegal contraband.

    It would help stem the flood of illegal migrants if E-Verify(brought to you by Homeland Security) became mandatory and implemented nationwide.
  • USAF Vet 2010/05/13 07:55:27
    USAF Vet
    +2
    You boneheaded liberals, you're having orgasms over a totally unconstitutional Health Care LAW, and shower praise to those who willfully violate the rule of law, especially in the bordering states, and the rest of the country. Accolades to Arizona! The argument by the Mexicans is that "we" stole their land; however, when I woke up this morning, it's still 2010, not 1836; treaties have been signed, laws established and borders drawn, so get over it! Here's a footnote to all you members of "La Raza"; you show your ignorance in your name; who designated "Mexican" a race? I thought Mexican is a N-A-T-I-O-N-A-L-I-T-Y, NOT A RACE!.
  • Kathy 2010/05/13 05:11:28
    Kathy
    +3
    Thank you Scoop
    Simply put, all Arizona has done is empowered their local law enforcement with powers they should have already had.
    Yeah, this coming from a liberal Democrat:)
  • SCOOP--... Kathy 2010/05/13 13:24:29
    SCOOP--RIP, MY DEAR MAX
    +1
    You are welcome, Kathy.
  • Kathy SCOOP--... 2010/05/13 21:56:15
    Kathy
    +1
    Here is what was on our local news tonight Scoop
    Thank you
    http://www.ibj.com/indiana-se...

    Indiana senator suggests Arizona-like immigration law
    A state senator says Indiana should consider an immigration policy similar to Arizona's new law that makes it a state crime to be in the country illegally.

    Sen. Mike Delph, R-Carmel, told The Associated Press that he'll introduce some type of immigration legislation in Indiana if Congress and the Obama administration do not act soon on illegal immigration. Delph said he wants to see how the Arizona law plays out before determining the details of his proposal for Indiana.

    "We should be watching Arizona, watching how they apply the law," Delph said.

    Delph has proposed bills aimed at cracking down on illegal immigration before, but they've never won the approval from the General Assembly, where Republicans control the Senate and Democrats control the House.

    About 55,000 to 85,000 illegal immigrants live in Indiana, according to 2006 estimates from the Pew Hispanic Center. Some critics of Delph's previous immigration proposals have said that Indiana's economy needs both legal and illegal immigrant workers to thrive.

    The Arizona law, set to take effect July 29, makes it a state crime to be in the country illegally. It directs local police to quest...















    Here is what was on our local news tonight Scoop
    Thank you
    http://www.ibj.com/indiana-se...

    Indiana senator suggests Arizona-like immigration law
    A state senator says Indiana should consider an immigration policy similar to Arizona's new law that makes it a state crime to be in the country illegally.

    Sen. Mike Delph, R-Carmel, told The Associated Press that he'll introduce some type of immigration legislation in Indiana if Congress and the Obama administration do not act soon on illegal immigration. Delph said he wants to see how the Arizona law plays out before determining the details of his proposal for Indiana.

    "We should be watching Arizona, watching how they apply the law," Delph said.

    Delph has proposed bills aimed at cracking down on illegal immigration before, but they've never won the approval from the General Assembly, where Republicans control the Senate and Democrats control the House.

    About 55,000 to 85,000 illegal immigrants live in Indiana, according to 2006 estimates from the Pew Hispanic Center. Some critics of Delph's previous immigration proposals have said that Indiana's economy needs both legal and illegal immigrant workers to thrive.

    The Arizona law, set to take effect July 29, makes it a state crime to be in the country illegally. It directs local police to question individuals already engaged in other possible crimes about their immigration status and request documentation if they suspect a person is in the country illegally.

    Critics say the law encourages racial profiling and is unconstitutional, and several lawsuits seeking to block its implementation are pending in federal court. Several cities have urged boycotts against Arizona businesses to protest the law.

    Arizona's governor has said the boycotts are misguided because the law mirrors a federal requirement that legal immigrants carry immigration papers. Delph said he believes Arizona's law is constitutional and said the boycotts are spurred by ignorance of existing federal law.

    But Tony Barreda, chairman of the East Chicago-based Community Coalition for Immigrants, told The Times of Munster that protests would come to Indiana if the state enacted an Arizona-type proposal.

    "To do this in Indiana where we're strapped economically, you can bet your life there will be a major movement here as far as boycotting the state itself," Barreda said.

    Delph said he hopes to figure out details of his latest immigration proposal before the 2011 legislative session, which begins in January.

    He wrote an opinion piece for Indiana newspapers saying both Republican and Democratic federal administrations have refused to enforce immigration laws and Congress has pandered to various ethnic groups.

    "Until we have an administration and a Congress willing to take control of this situation, it will be up to the states to exercise the rights granted to them in federal law as Arizona has done," Delph wrote.

    http://www.indianasnewscenter...
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  • SCOOP--... Kathy 2010/05/13 22:01:39
    SCOOP--RIP, MY DEAR MAX
    +1
    You are welcome, and thank you for your post here.
  • Kathy SCOOP--... 2010/05/13 22:11:05
    Kathy
    +1
    Thank you for your kindness:)

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