Arizona vs. USA

(Reuters) – Arizona on Thursday filed a lawsuit against the federal government, alleging that Washington has failed to secure the state’s porous border with Mexico.

Gov. Jan Brewer and state Attorney General Tom Horne, both Republicans, told a news conference that they filed a counter suit against the government in federal court in Phoenix.

Illegal immigrants in Arizona

The suit is in response to a government lawsuit last year blocking key parts of the state’s tough law cracking down on illegal immigrants.

“Because the federal government has failed to protect the citizens … of Arizona, I am left with no other choice,” Brewer told reporters at a news conference in central Phoenix, as several boisterous protesters attempted to shout her down.

Brewer said the state would most likely have to pursue its claims all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

She added that legal costs were covered by donations from thousands of Americans, and that no state taxpayer funds had been spent in defending the law.

Link to article.


Study: 100,000 Hispanics Left Arizona After SB1070

MEXICO CITY — A new study suggests there may be 100,000 fewer Hispanics in Arizona than there were before the debate over the state’s tough new immigration law earlier this year.

BBVA Bancomer Research, which did the study, worked with figures from the U.S. Current Population Survey. The study says the decline could be due to the law known as SB1070, which partly entered into effect in July, or to Arizona’s difficult economic situation.

The study released Wednesday also cites Mexican government figures as saying that 23,380 Mexicans returned from Arizona to Mexico between June and September.

Link to article.

Arizona Cops Bust Illegal Immigrant Smuggling Ring

Arizona police on Wednesday arrested 12 people accused of operating a smuggling ring that brought thousands of illegal immigrants from Central and South America using large cargo vans.

Officers from a joint federal, state and local task force seized 62 vehicles and arrested the suspects, including three minors and eight suspected illegal immigrants, at four locations in the Phoenix valley, the Arizona Department of Public Safety said.

The smugglers used large cargo vans and other vehicles to run illegal immigrants from the Mexico border to the Phoenix valley, from where they were moved across the United States.

Link to article.


Mexico and 10 Other Latin Countries To File Brief On SB1070 Appeal

PHOENIX — Mexico and 10 other Latin American countries want a federal appeals court to consider their viewpoints in Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s appeal of a ruling that put parts of her state’s new immigration law on hold.

The countries are asking the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for permission to file so-called friend-of-the-court briefs in Brewer’s appeal of the ruling, which arose from a lawsuit by the U.S. Justice Department.

The 11 countries say they have an interest in ensuring they have reliable relations with the United States that aren’t frustrated by Arizona.

Mexico is joined in the request by Argentina, Boliva, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Paraguay and Peru.

Supporters of the law say it’s intended to confront the state’s vast illegal immigration woes that Washington is confronting adequately.

Link to the article.

I wonder if more reliable relations could be established if the Mexicans stopped shooting tourists on jetskis? Or perhaps if they let tourists drive through Ciudad Constitción without getting a ticket for driving a US registered car.


Arizona SB 1070 Seems To Be Working

Fulano’s translation of a portion of an article in El Universal:
Link to the article in Spanish.

Children Fill-up Schools in Sonora Due to SB 1070

Juanito has American documentation to remain in Arizona because he was born there nine years ago, but his parents are illegal immigrants. In addition, they are out of work. This year, the family returned to Mexico, leaving a house that they were starting to pay for.

The boy and his sisters had to enroll in an elementary school in the frontier city of Nogales, Sonora. Now he has to learn to write Spanish and forget about his friends: a group of Hispanic children born in the US.

The motive: The enforcement of SB1070. His mother told the school director where she now assists her son, that the employer where her husband worked warned him that once the law was in force, he would have to fire him.

In addition, she and her husband were afraid of being arrested and her children would be homeless, without knowing where to turn. For this, they thought it was better to return over two months ago.

As with this family, more Mexicans that have lived in the US for many years see the necessity to return. This has caused an increase in the enrollment of students from the US in schools in the frontier states.


Difficult Adjustment For Returning Non-Spanish Speaking Children

This is Fulano’s translation of an article in El Universal:

Little Grecia speaks “pocho” Spanish for her age of 10 years. A week ago she arrived at an ejido named La Sangre, in the town of Santa Ana, Sonora.

There her mother tried to enroll her in school, but with no success, due to the fact that the school year had already started.

Now she is required to travel to the state capital of Hermosillo, to arrange for a “Mexican ticket” at the American consulate there.

The little girl’s mother said that the change of residence was a last minute decision, even though her problems had been building for some time, when the hours her husband worked in Tucson, Arizona were cut back, and then, according to her, due to SB1070 he was terminated.

In Arizona, the family was paying for a home that took 60% of their salary. The payments on the home, which was 3 bedrooms, living room and large yard increased with the financial crisis, and monthly payments were up to $1,000.

“It was impossible to keep paying, being completely out of work, so for this reason we decided to return, and here we now have a half-built house on some land that my husband inherited from this father, here we will remain,” said Fabiola.

The rural community where the family lives now is very humble: unpaved roads, no parks, a small plaza in the center of the village, not much of a school or extramural activities.

“My children don’t like it here, they want to return, but what can we do? My daughter does not speak Spanish well, there are words she just does not know, and the heat ( which can reach 115 degrees in the summer), imagine that,” mentioned the woman in a worried tone of voice.

Adjustment problems

The little girl, she says, shows the same problems as other students that come from the US: they don’t know how to write in Spanish, do not understand many of the words, and the information taught at their academic level is confusing.

In the school where Grecia is enrolled there was no room for her, said her mother, because there is a small group per classroom, and not enough desks and teachers.

At first, the school teachers did not understand the procedures to enroll the child, due to the fact she came from the US. They only gave her an “800” number to call, and it was with this she contacted personal at the Secretary of Education and Culture, where they explained the procedures.

The agency recommended it would be better to enroll her in an elementary school in a larger city, where there are teachers who speak English and Spanish and can help her reintegrate easier.

But the mother said that was impossible, because all they had left after spending 10 years in the US, and abandoning everything, were the improvements they made to the house in the ejido where they now live, and there is nothing left.

Link to the article in Spanish.


New Poll On Key Provisions of Arizona’s SB1070

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer

According to a new poll released Wednesday, Arizona voters overwhelmingly favor even the most controversial provisions within SB 1070, according to Arizona State University’s Morrison Institute for Public Policy.

  • 81 percent said they approve of the provision requiring people to produce documents verifying legal status. 
  • 74 percent of respondents supported the provision allowing police to detain anyone unable to verify their legal status.
  • 68 percent said they favored the provision that would allow police to question anyone they think may be in the country illegally when stopped as a suspect or arrested for a crime.

 Link to the article.

Judge Dismisses Arizona Policeman’s Suit Against AB1070

U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton, who halted most of a controversial Arizona immigration law dismissed a separate lawsuit Tuesday that had been filed by a Tucson police officer.

The complaint by Martin Escobar was one of seven lawsuits filed in an attempt to nullify SB1070, which requires police officers to determine the status of people they have legally detained whom they suspect of being in the country illegally.


US State Department Turns Ratfink on Arizona

This really chaps my hide. The US State Department has listed its legal challenge to Arizona’s immigration law, SB1070, on its list of ways the US government is protecting human rights. It will be part of a report to the United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights.

Link to the AP article.

There has not been even one iota of proof that anyone has had his human rights violated in Arizona as a result of that law. Now these people, who work for us, the citizens of the United States, are going to report what they did for human rights in Arizona to the UN, an organization comprised of such pillars of decency like Iran, Libya and Saudi Arabia?