Eliza Gray reports on the sweet scent of liberty in the great state of Arizona:
At a Tuesday hearing that lasted until 2.30 a.m., all of these measures passed the Appropriations Committee, along with an even more drastic “immigration omnibus” bill. Earlier this week, Arizona Republic columnist E.J. Montini called the omnibus proposal “SB1070 on steroids” — a reference to last year’s controversial law requiring that immigrants carry identification at all times, which is currently being challenged in court by the Obama administration.
The omnibus bill would require K-12 schools (public, private, and home school) to report undocumented students to law enforcement. “Without a doubt, if this bill passes,” the Arizona ACLU’s Executive Director Alessandra Soler Meetze told me, “classrooms will be closed to students without legal status.” It would also require a 30-day minimum jail sentence for any undocumented immigrant caught driving a car. Anyone who knowingly lives in public housing with an undocumented immigrant, including a family member, would be forcibly evicted. Business licenses would be suspended for any employers that do not check the legal status of their workers with the federal E-verify system.
Unauthorized migration from Mexico has a documented, verifiable, and theoretically explained downward impact on the wages of recent immigrants from Mexico. But obviously it’s not non-citizen authorized immigrants from Mexico who are pushing this agenda. Nor is it Mexico-born naturalized citizens of the United States, nor native born Arizonans of Mexican ancestry. Instead this insane and inhumane crusade is being spearheaded by people who benefit economically from an influx of people with complementary skills. It’s madness, and it’s tragic.