Xenophobia Goes National
Posted on Jul 18, 2010
As legal and activist battles continue to be waged in Arizona against the anti-immigration laws it passed this year, a number of other states are also on a xenophobic path, with many passing legislation that restricts immigrants’ access to in-state tuition or public benefits.
The recent decision by the Obama administration to legally challenge the constitutionality of Arizona’s SB 1070—a bill that allows state law enforcement to profile individuals based on their presumed immigration status—has followed a sizable grass-roots campaign attacking anti-immigration legislation from below. —JCL
Los Angeles Times:
Colorado restricts illegal immigrants from receiving in-state tuition. Nebraska requires verification of immigration status to obtain public benefits. In Tennessee, knowingly presenting a false ID card to get a job is a misdemeanor.
Arizona’s strict new law has generated the most controversy, but there are hundreds of immigration-related laws on the books across the country. The laws regulate employment, law enforcement, education, benefits and healthcare.
The U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit last week to stop the Arizona law from taking effect July 29, saying that immigration policy is a national responsibility and “a patchwork of state laws will only create more problems than it solves.” But according to experts, that is precisely what exists.
AP / Laura Rauch
Captured immigrants are herded onto a bus near the Arizona-Mexico border in this file photo.