(4.23.10) -- Arizona Governor Jan Brewer rebukes Barack Obama and signs a tough new immigration bill into law.
Amnesty proponents suffer a demoralizing setback as pro-legal immigrant forces in Arizona and throughout the United States of America celebrate what will be characterized as a conservative victory.
Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi has already put out a statement condemning the bill.
Read more about this story and the background on (illegal) immigration into the United States:
"Key provisions of Arizona immigration legislation"
"Arizona governor signs immigration bill"
"After Obama Bashes Arizona on Immigration, DNC Calls New Law 'Short-sighted' SEIU Says It 'Institutionalizes Racism'"
"Arizona governor signs immigration law; foes promise fight"
The legislation was written by Arizona State Senator Russell Pearce: http://bit.ly/9PNhfB
Both incumbent Senator John McCain and his 2010 Republican primary challenger, J.D. Hayworth, support the new law: http://bit.ly/cMvUQ5 (Hayworth); http://bit.ly/aFJIj6 (McCain)
The murder of Arizona rancher Robert (Rob) Krentz by a suspected illegal immigrant moved the Arizona bill forward: http://bit.ly/b8Km9u
Along with Arizona, the three states which border Mexico in the United States are New Mexico, California and Texas http://bit.ly/cJQLPO
As of 2006, the largest segment of Spanish-speaking illegal immigrants that are coming to the USA are from the following countries: Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. http://bit.ly/bCm7Qs
Many pro-legal immigrant advocates would like the United States government to build a border fence or series of border fences along the USA-Mexico border. Barring such action, some such advocates have resorted to private funding drives in hopes of building such fencing: http://bit.ly/3PNwhz
Many observers feel that the new Arizona law is a stinging rebuke to former Arizona Governor and current Secretary Of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano -- http://bit.ly/9ytE7G
Though the law is supported by 70% of Arizona residents according to polling, their are plenty of opponents of the new legislation as well, including Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon and Democratic US Rep. Raúl Grijalva of Tucson http://bit.ly/cWGfC0
Mayor Gordon has said he may sue over the new law: http://bit.ly/bJAPgu
The law will require immigrants to carry their alien registration documents at all times: http://bit.ly/aLGfGx
One of the concerns of pro-legal immigration activists is the threat of terrorism due to porous borders: http://bit.ly/b0bx1r
Another concern of those who oppose illegal immigration is the ongoing illicit drug trade between the United States and Mexico, and the crime associated with it: http://bit.ly/9BdqVw
The threat of violence for law enforcement officers and civilians is ever-present in many border communities as dangerous drug cartels use known routes for their smuggling schemes: http://bit.ly/cKdS47
As expected, the new law has sparked discussion on the bitterly divisive topic of immigration reform http://bit.ly/bkFyUf
Some reading on the subject in Spanish:
Arizona promulga una ley que criminaliza la inmigración ilegal http://bit.ly/brE1XH
Termina con éxito una operación contra el tráfico de drogas en Arizona http://bit.ly/cQw1pE
Críticas a la nueva ley de inmigración de Arizona http://bit.ly/9N8IBB
Description: The U.S. border fence near San Diego
Date: Original version uploaded August 12, 2007
Source: Gingrey House page http://bit.ly/aRgYtp
Secondary Source: Wikimedia Commons http://bit.ly/aKRvxc
Author: Office of Representative Phil Gingrey http://bit.ly/9atzXF
Permission: This photo is in the public domain