Post-Immigration Debate Legal/Legislative Outlook
Now that the beast is seemingly dead, the tar has been allowed to cool and the pitchforks hung back neatly in the barn, many are ruminating: What next?
Notorious illegal alien Elvira Arellano is threatening immediate, widespread transgression of U.S. immigration law.
(In related news, notorious duck Chester L. Mallard is threatening to land in a river and paddle around, occasionally quacking.)
La Raza Newspaper's Blog reports:
Arellano, who has remained in a Northwest Side church since August 15 to avoid an order of deportation, said this would be the deadline the government will have to "revive and pass a comprehensive immigration reform."
Otherwise, pro-immigrant organizers will begin a campaign "aimed at bringing this government and this economy to a halt."
La Raza, in case you were wondering, is a major proponent of "comprehensive" immigration reform - of the pathway-to-citizenship variety - and also strongly opposes allowing local jurisdictions to enforce federal immigration law and file illegal aliens in the National Crime Information Center database.
La Raza is notably better funded than groups on the pro-enforcement side of the issue, and enjoys some pretty sweet financial support from a number of companies you might have heard of before:
The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) recognizes those corporations that have invested in NCLR's long-term strategic efforts with multiyear, multimillion-dollar commitments, including NCLR's Empowering An American Community Campaign.
The Allstate Corporation
Bank of America
The Coca-Cola Company
Ford Motor Company
General Motors Corporation
The PMI Group, Inc.
State Farm Insurance Companies
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
(Interesting and true side note: Just yesterday I was considering trading my Explorer for a Hyundai. This must be fate.)
For more details, check out La Raza's 990 return from 2005: Page 30 is an eye-opener.
And whereas everyone I know involved with this issue is a volunteer, squeezing in time between work and personal life to advocate to the public and local and federal officials, those La Raza folks are doing really well - I mean, some major buckage. Check out pages 7 and 23.
Anyways, despite all the money and corporate and U.S. government funding on her side, I think Senora Arellano is misreading the tea leaves.
I think this type of thing is far more likely to be the kind of next immediate action you will see happening around our nation:
Mass audits of Beaufort County businesses to root out illegal workers are likely to proceed, following the Senate defeat Thursday of President Bush's controversial and far-reaching bill to reform immigration....
Beaufort County Administrator Gary Kubic has been following the bill because it could have made the local effort to combat illegal immigration irrelevant.
"If the immigration reform through Congress creates an environment where those individuals that have misrepresented themselves are provided a pathway for them to work in the country ... then the effort is moot," Kubic said last week.
After Thursday's news - "Obviously, if it's dead, we'll go forward with our plan. ... We can get started quickly."
That plan is to audit at least 25 percent, or roughly 1,300, of all licensed county businesses per year, as prescribed by a Beaufort County Council committee in December. Specifically, the federal I-9 forms related to immigration status that all employees in the United States must fill out would be inspected for fraudulent information. Kubic estimated needing $210,000 to hire more staff for the task.
In April, Kubic said he would seek a contract with outside auditors to fulfill the directive, but had been holding off pending action in Congress on the bill.
Kubic anticipates the contract costs to be covered by increased county business license fees the County Council passed last year and money recovered through improved enforcement of business licensing...
What Beaufort County, SC is doing and what the state of Arizona is doing will serve as models for much of the rest of the U.S.
HR 4437 was about two years ahead of its time. The landscape has shifted dramatically because the American people are now much better informed about the numbers involved in the illegal alien influx and the gross malfeasance inherent in what was called "comprehensive" reform.
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