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Politicians voicing support of AZ bill sending unintended message to Congress

LatinaLista — Regardless of all the verbal backlash Arizona has received since passing SB 1070, there are still politicians who want to pass similar laws. The latest politician, who also happens to be campaigning for the U.S. Senate, is from Nevada.


Assemblyman Chad Christensen “is calling on Gov. Jim Gibbons to convene a special session of the state legislature specifically to craft immigration reform similar to Arizona’s new law.”

It’s no wonder that Christensen wants to cash in on Conservatives’ favorite political piñata. After all, a web poll conducted by the Las Vegas FOX affiliate showed 69 percent favored the AZ immigration law.

Thousands of people from across the state of Wisconsin gathered Saturday in Milwaukee in protest of a recent immigration law passed in Arizona. (Source: The Daily Cardinal: Photo courtesy Jennell Jenney)

According to the TV station, 8,000 people took the survey but the station has a handy disclaimer in their poll box that reads:

Please keep in mind that our polls are for entertainment and are not conducted in a scientific fashion.

We make no guarantees about the accuracy of the results other than that they reflect the choices of the users who participated.

If you have questions or comments about our polls, please e-mail us.

Since the question is a simple “yes” and “no” and there’s no way to tell how many times the same person is voting, this poll leaves a lot of doubt as to just how many Nevadans really do want a similar bill.

Yet, it’s enough that this assemblyman wants it.

In fact, the more politicians who stand up and claim to pursue a similar measure, the more Congress will have to act this year or risk being responsible for creating not just a volatile situation in the country, but one that has the potential to rip this country apart.

No matter how phrasing is revised in the AZ SB 1070, it doesn’t erase the fact that Latino citizens’ constitutional rights will be violated.

There are already reports that AZ businesses are opting to either let go or not hire Latino workers, citizens or not, because they don’t want to run the risk of immigration raids.

Local labor and employment attorneys say they are increasingly seeing the trend of businesses opting to not to hire Latinos or laying Hispanic workers off, even if they are U.S. citizens or have legal status.

Yet, in spite of this new development, politicians still want to pass such repulsively oppressive and discriminating laws.

These actions send a loud and clear message to Congress — perhaps even louder than Saturday’s marches — that Congress has no choice but to tackle immigration reform, and soon.

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  • Texan123
    May 4, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    The fact that state after state is joining with Arizona to enforce immigration law proves that Americans do not trust the federal government to protect citizen workers and taxpayers.
    Local enforcement is necessary. The laws are already in place. To allow state enforcement of federal law is not unconstitutional.
    Latino citizens should be alarmed at the violence taking place in Arizona. The kidnappings, killings,attacks on Border Patrol are increasing. Drug and human smugglers are directly responsible for this violence. Is it worse to be questioned about your legal status or to have your child kidnapped, perhaps by mistaken identity?
    Legal immigrants are REQUIRED to carry their immigration documents. Why should illegal immigrants get a free pass.
    Give the law a chance before you demonize the police. A few minor civil rights problems should not stop all efforts to rid our country of criminal aliens.

  • Robert Emery
    May 5, 2010 at 11:47 am

    The murder of Arizona rancher Rob Krentz by Illegals along the border and failure of the Fed Gov to enforce present immigration law and protect American citizens prompted the Arizona law. If the law indeed sanctions racial profiling, why don’t vote pandering politicians and Hispanic Activists demand border security which would make the law unnecessary. Instead, all the protests are for legalization and not a thought for the victims of border violence. The sad part of a Boycott of Arizona is the boycott will target jobs predominately held by Hispanics will result in Illegal and mainly Hispanic residents losing their jobs Pathetic

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