This week (4.4.2011)
Somos Republicans, the largest conservative Hispanic grassroots organization, released a statement saying that the group does not support Florida’s SB 2040, an E-Verificiation Bill which is supported by Florida State Senator Anitere Flores. “We believe that small businesses are the economic engine of the United States, therefore, state lawmakers should support the views of the United States Chamber of Commerce and the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce with regard to their views against E-Verify programs and enforcement only initiatives. Florida businesses employ many undocumented immigrants, especially with low skilled jobs in the agriculture, hospitality, landscaping and construction industries.”
Two weeks after Utah's Republican Governor Gary Herbert signed into law sweeping immigration reforms, the backlash is still being felt across this conservative state, and Herbert faces possible primary challengers when he seeks reelection next year. Herbert on March 15 signed a two-pronged package of immigration laws comprised of four bills he called "the Utah solution," including an enforcement measure and another that would create a guest-worker program. The enforcement measure is weaker than what Arizona is seeking to implement. While that state would allow police to check the immigration status of anyone stopped by officers -- including for traffic violations -- the Utah bill applies only to those arrested for felonies or serious misdemeanors.
Catholics were among the thousands that filled the streets surrounding the state Capitol in opposition to proposed laws targeting illegal immigrants. Critics say the proposals will weaken the state’s economy and lead to racial profiling. The crowd railed against two bills—House Bill 87 and Senate Bill 40. The protesters held signs like “The pilgrims were undocumented” and “No human being is illegal.” Throughout the rally, the crowd chanted in Spanish: “Yes, we can!”
Federal immigration officials, frustrated by the refusal of Chicago and Cook County to join a controversial program aimed at deporting immigrants with criminal records, pressed Mayor Richard M. Daley and Sheriff Tom Dart in an aggressive campaign to obtain participation from reluctant police authorities, according to internal documents.
The economic analysis in this report shows the S.B. 1070 approach would have devastating economic consequences if its goals were accomplished. When undocumented workers are taken out of the economy, the jobs they support through their labor, consumption, and tax payments disappear as well. Particularly during a time of profound economic uncertainty, the type of economic dislocation envisioned by S.B. 1070-type policies runs directly counter to the interests of our nation as we continue to struggle to distance ourselves from the ravages of the Great Recession.