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Tuesday, July 3, 2007

It did not take long

On the heels of my previous article in which I predicted the proliferation of state and local laws to fill the vacuum left by the failure of the Senate to agree on immigration reform comes news of a new statute from Arizona. In a July 3 article, New York Times correspondent Randal C. Archibold reported the following…

Expressing frustration with the lack of a federal immigration law overhaul, Gov. Janet Napolitano of Arizona signed a bill yesterday providing what are thought to be the toughest state sanctions in the country against employers who knowingly hire illegal immigrants.

Ms. Napolitano, a Democrat, called the bill flawed and suggested that the Arizona Legislature reconvene to repair problems with it, but she nevertheless moved forward “because Congress has failed miserably,” she wrote in a statement.

Although immigration law is clearly federal jurisdiction, last week’s failure in the Senate will spawn many similar laws by state and local governments. This is only the beginning.

Raul Ramos y Sanchez