Today's Illegal Immigration News
Thursday, March 1, 2012
LEGAL BATTLE OVER GEORGIA, ALABAMA ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION LAWS RESUMES TODAY
The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta will hear arguments over Georgia’s and Alabama’s immigration enforcement laws today. Officials from both states call the laws necessary to protect jobs and taxpayer-funded resources since the federal government has failed to secure the U.S.-Mexico border and enforce existing immigration laws. Opponents of the illegal immigration crackdown, like the Obama administration, say the laws are divisive, unconstitutional, and interfere with the federal government’s authority.
Two key parts of Georgia’s law will be at stake today when the three-judge panel holds its hearings. One of those provisions authorizes state and local police to investigate the immigration status of suspects and possibly detain those who cannot produce identification. The other provision makes it illegal to knowingly transport or harbor illegal immigrants while committing another crime (like human-trafficking).
Alabama’s similar law enforcement provision requiring police to investigate the immigration status of suspects under certain conditions is also at stake today along with a provision requiring public school officials to determine the immigration status of students in order to calculate financial costs.
WHAT DO DENTAL WORK, ABORTION ACCESS, AND HORMONE TREATMENTS FOR THE TRANSGENDERED HAVE IN COMMON?
They are part of a wide array of services included in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s recently revised standards for medical procedures and services available to detained illegal immigrants.
ICE has already started implementing changes to its standards facing public criticism by Texas Republican House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Lamar Smith who says the 2011 revisions amount to a vast and expensive expansion of privileges.
Smith wrote in a statement: “The Obama administration’s new detention manual is more like a hospitality guideline for illegal immigrants… The administration goes beyond common sense to accommodate illegal immigrants and treats them better than citizens in federal custody.”
If using your tax dollars to pay for FREE dental work, abortion access, and hormone treatments for transgendered illegal immigrants (not to mention a 15-day supply of medications upon release, deportation or transfer) does not get you up in arms against illegal immigration – well, we’re just not sure what will.