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States Approved Record Number Of Immigration Reform Laws In 2010

March 8, 2011 by  

States approved record number of immigration reform laws in 2010A total of 346 laws and resolutions related to immigration were approved by State lawmakers in 2010, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

William Gheen, the president and spokesman of Americans for Legal Immigration, told ABC News that the increasing trend of stricter immigration laws will continue over the next several years.

"We are going to pass more immigration enforcement legislation in the states in 2011 than any year prior. And what we don't get done in 2011 we will get done in 2012," Gheen told the news provider.

Although the Democratic-led Federal government has been slow to act on immigration reform, many States have taken matters into their own hands. Following the passage of Arizona Senate Bill 1070, which is considered the toughest anti-immigration law in decades, many other States have followed suit.

Sweeping victories for Republicans in last year's midterm elections have sparked a renewed focus on immigration policies. Gheen told the media outlet that Arizona-style laws have been proposed in approximately 24 other States. In Texas, more than 100 immigration-related bills are pending.

The Pew Hispanic Center reported that about 1.6 million illegal immigrants live in Texas, according to The Associated Press. Although the national total of undocumented residents dropped from 12 million to 11.1 million between 2007 and 2009, the immigrant population increased in Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana. 

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  • s c

    Whatever it takes is that which must be done. America’s White House cretins don’t listen. Congress doesn’t provide checks-and-balances. Illegals get treated better than American citizens, and it is no wonder that Americans from one coast to the other are damned sick and tired of being ignored and laws are broken.
    Article 4, Section 4 is the heart of the cure states need to protect themselves from illegals AND Washington. The ‘system’ is broken, and it was broken by Washington. It is up to the states to force Washington to listen and watch while the Constitution does what elected vermin will not do.

    • Al Sieber

      I agree, and you’re right that illegals are treated better than American citizens, and seem to get away with anything,like smuggling a certain amount of drugs across the border without getting in trouble, or not required to carry auto insurance etc. so what makes these people so special that they can get away with breaking the law and the average citizen is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

    • http://ajb221@cox.net ajburkhart

      why spend al this time writting new laws when they police dont enforce them

    • http://PersonalLibertyDigest Cathy

      This is something that should have been addressed a long time ago..About time for sure.
      But what burns me up is, Why is all the focus on just our southern border fence jumpers…Start pulling the plugs on all these corporations bringing in all these foreign workers from India using those H1b & L1 Visas. They are here for no other reason but to steal jobs away from millions of hard working Americans. Close down the STARGATE SG1 Machine.

    • Greg

      The State of Missouri has made it clear that illegal immigrants are NOT welcome in the state and will centainly NOT recieve piblic benefits aty the expense of Missouri taxpayer.

      Check out (http://www.ozarkssentinel.com/missouri-ahead-of-the-game-in-dealing-with-immigrants-p1034.htm)

  • Pete

    It’s just a temporary problem. Them illegals won’t last in the USA because the economy is getting worse and worse. Amazing that the state politicians are so afraid of losing their jobs ! That’s when you get their attention ?

    The illegals are realizing their economy/society is better at home. Add to that the crazy immoral anti-family libtard American culture, you will see illegals crossing the Rio Grande going South ….

    We can’t afford the drug war anymore. Once drugs are legalized then the illegal immigrant drug gangs’ income will dry up.

    Once drugs get legalized our military will go from #1 to #0 (zero) – to many citizens will be doped up. Everyone will be acting like drugged out movie actors – and their won’t be any tax money for rehab ….

    Who would want to live here ? Hey, at least we’ll solve the military industrial complex problem ! Flower Power ! HA HA !

    You talk about America being productive again ? Look what opium did to China ….

  • Ellen

    Do you think the White House got this message? Illegal immigrants are unwanted. Our naive president thought we would think it too unkind, racist and politically incorrect to want action. Of course, he wants amnesty to give the Dems millions of additional voters. Problems have to escalate to the extreme before Congress will address them. Look at healthcare, illegal immigration, and welfare. Seeing how they ‘fixed’ healthcare makes me worry about the others. I envision amnesty for illegals and free BMW’s for all the poor women with hungry mouths to feed. They all deserve it, right?

    • http://PersonalLibertyDigest Cathy

      It’s not Mexicans out here hiring on these illegals..It’s your nice nextdoor neighbor, Bob the plumber, or the friendly contractor installing your new kitchen for you. You can’t drive past any Homie Depot and not see dozens of these day workers all milling about looking to get picked up. To take care of the problem you’ve got to remove the draw that brings them here. Unless that gets addressed the problem will continue.

  • Mick

    What puzzling is to make so many different laws..
    People who don’t have proper documentation are crossing the border without authorization therefore breaking the major law.
    Why do we need 345 more laws to make things right ?
    I know many of you will say it’s not black and white, then let’s make it so and see how fast things improve in our country…….

    • Ted Crawford

      The need for these laws at the state level is brought about by the failure of the Federal Government to live up to their Constitutional mandate to properly regulate immigration!

      • Mick

        Ted Crawford says:
        March 8, 2011 at 8:56 am
        The need for these laws at the state level is brought about by the failure of the Federal Government to live up to their Constitutional mandate to properly regulate immigration
        &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&
        Ted ,,,,,The Feds are definetely not doing their job but what’s new ?
        All I am saying is the more laws they make the more chances those laws will be subject to loopoles jsut because many contradict one another and we will be right back from where we start it….

        • Mick

          Sorry , should be started….

  • M.L.

    What we need to do is hold the conservatives running for president feet to the fire, and ask point blank: “will you deport?” If they stammer on the answer, that will not be the one we need in power. If they are afraid to alienate the Hispanic community, then we abvious have an over abundance of one sect of people in our country. That means it is not by the people of this country but by the hispanic community that counts.

    • 45caliber

      Sadly, considering the comments of the politicions and media, there is a huge majority of legal Mexicans who don’t want illegal immigration too. In fact, the illegals don’t really want it allowed – except for their own families of course.

  • JJM

    It’s outrageous that the states have to do what the feds are supposed to and at the same time fight the feds to do so. No other country will be as lenient and generous to illegal immigrants in their country.
    Support States Rights and nullification. What we really need to do is totally eliminate the current federal government and completely restart with 1776 intents of minimizing fed powers over the people and states.

    • ddt03103

      Try illegal immigration into China and see what your rights are there!
      You have but one right as a illegal in china! The right to be shot on site!

      • 45caliber

        Or Mexico for that matter.

  • M.L.

    JJM, you hit the nail right on the head. Unfortuniately we will have to go back to the begining. Conservative Americans are up to the challenge.

  • ddt03103

    Please wake up people our country is being taken over from within!
    Muslim and hispanic concerns want this nation for themselves. This is going to turn out to be another hitler,we already have the SS. In germany the SS was known as homeland security.Keeping the illegals here is the move to drop all wages across the board as their offer their labor at half of what you get or less until their rate of pay is the accepted standard. Imagine getting half your pay with everything doubling in price. How will you and your family live?
    One word (POVERTY)The elite public servants are allowing this because they are all working out positions of power for themselves and the rest of us are to be commoners and working class scum. The rich and elite are about to make their take over and put a unelected all supreme ruler into power like Hitler. We the people will no longer have rights! Communism is here and taking over and everyone is so consumed in their own problems they don’t notice as our elected officials pull the wool over our eyes. they put out statistics that are total lies to make themselves look good in a election year but the truth is out there just look it up. The nations unemployment rate is really at 22.1% highest in history ever recorded. the poloticians don’t want you to know this because that might enrage you to do something about it like throw the bums out of congress and eject the socialistic illegal president who intends to give away all our futures to the muslim and hispanic groups fighting for control of america. Even George Washington agreed there must be revolution to keep the goverment in check from becoming too powerful and dominating our lives.The time for civil revolution is at hand and to wait may doom us all

    • 45caliber

      One reason they can work at half the pay we need is because they also get all the “free” stuff the government gives too. They don’t need to worry about normal expenses like food since they get a welfare check. Their kids are fed free at school. The hospital emergency rooms can take care of their kids’ sniffles for free. And they don’t need to pay anything more when their wives go into labor either.

      Incidently, you might want to check out where the majority of our LEGAL immigrants come from. It is quite interesting…

  • 45caliber

    This isn’t a surprise. The people of the US (even many of the illegals!) want something done to stop the flow of illegals into the US. If the feds refuse to do their job then someone else has to do it for them.

  • http://com i41

    When soros socailists want to keep giving Washingtomn more power, police definitely will not beable to do their jobs. When ICE tells law enforcement agencies to let the illegals go, even if the wet backs have stolen over $3000 dollars worth of equipment. Since we don’t know if they a felons or not, hell we don’t even know what is their names are. Shows how f–king dumb the beltway idoits are, all the way to the illegal marxist mulim moron in the WH. State will need to do like ranchers do when fence crawlers keep showing up and owners will not take care of them. Neutor or sterilize the offenders and then send them back, nexttime sell them!

  • barbm

    gheen is a horse’s patootie. he kicked me off the alipac blog because i kept pushing ron paul for potus. he wanted some rino. ah, texas. they’re pushing through so many laws, they hardly have time to pass any stupid stuff the dems want. have to show id to vote, must look at sonograms and listen to the heartbeat before getting an abortion, tresspass laws for illegals, etc, etc, etc. more than i can mention. yea texas.

  • Bert Cundle

    Correcting immigration, is A BIG STEP IN FIXING United States! If Federal doesan’t Fix it; States Should!

  • barbm

    we need to stop legal immigration too. it’s scary that the muslims want to take over by immigrating, having a dozen kids at our expense which will eventually put them in the majority since americans aren’t having many children these days. at that point, they’ll be able to elect whomever they please and institute sharia law and all their other screwed up beliefs. same thing with the mexican invaders.

  • http://PersonalLibertyDigest Cathy

    Basically we’ve got to stop being a “Bleeding Heart Nation”. If we want to help, let it be sending help to them back in their own country. We can’t help anyone, unless we start helping ourselves first.

  • Brittanicus

    COMING IN HORDES

    Nowadays it is bad news for all those illegal nationals who entered this country, without permission. State laws are tightening up, as the feds have refused to tackle this battle ground Issue. A few States are going against the grain of most US citizens and legal residency. Those particular States as Utah and Washington State are soon going to be painfully aware, as the word gets around of poorly enforced laws. Supplementary States that are leaving the illegal alien floodgates open will also be paying dearly, which means fiscal suffering for their legal people. Better be ready for an onslaught of economic thunder as they head your way? It will not be pleasant as Americans will unseat the pro-illegal alien politicians, who crushed any chance of constructive restrictions. California–the well and truly tested Sanctuary state must now pick the pockets of taxpayers again, because illegal workers and families have flooded in and drained part of the 46 billion deficits the state is facing.

    This also goes for billions of welfare dollars spent in the illegal alien high population state of Nevada. But now with a few more less restricting States, thousands will constantly leave the original policing State of Arizona and head outwards? As with Governor of New Mexico who has been less happy with the circumstances of handing out drivers licenses under the previous Governors watch of Gov. Bill Richardson and therefore many will also pack up and move on from there. Currently illegal migrants and immigrants have unlimited access to welfare entitlements, schooling and free health care and Include the obvious costs of jail and imprisonment. Birthright citizenship will be having its day in court. Even if it is not amended, the parents–HAVE NO RIGHTS TO STAY–and should be deported. The bill currently has 68 cosponsors and will amend current U.S. code to entail at least one parent to be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident for a new born to obtain automatic citizenship.

    You as a heavily laden taxpayer should incessantly harass your representative and demand their sponsorship for an amendment. Another controversial bill that will also save federal and State taxpayers is ending “Chain Migration.” There is a mounting list of 21 co-sponsors for Rep. Phil Gingrey’s Nuclear Family Priority Act (H.R.692) that would end chain migration. H.R.692 would purge all family-preference visa classes, except for spouses and minor children, and creating a renewable visa class for parents. Of course the radical Liberal other side under the pretense of polling people by the University of Texas and Texas Tribune has addressed the subject of 14th Amendment. Not only did these two parties misinform the public being asked, but also misrepresented the act of the birthright citizenship law. Anybody can engineer the questions asked to get a favorable answer in any poll.

    Something that the Leftists progressives have intentionally forgot in their radical diatribe, that although The Fourteenth Amendment extends citizenship to all persons born in the U.S. and “subject to the jurisdiction thereof”; but it also grants Congress the power to enforce and define the necessities of the amendment. The US Constitution also grants us free speech. So if you are against supporting financially anymore the illegal immigration invasion? First you can join NumbersUSA and not only fax for free the Congress, but join millions of Americans who want to halt this continuous travesty by Liberal politicians. You can also become a member of the local TEA Party with a huge influence gaining momentum in Washington, to stop the Tax and Spend Liberal-Democrats.

    Add your voice to the uncountable numbers of people who are fed up with illegal’s stealing their jobs, lowering wages. Here is also the Washington Switchboard number 202-224-312 to bombard your unconcerned Senate and House. Personally, I’m thoroughly frustrated and furious that we must educate the children of illegal immigrant, and pay for their health care; when we cannot even pay for our own families needs?

    News of Today: America has the biggest deficit in US history and owned financially by China.
    SAVE YOUR JOBS! Buy American, if it’s possible.

    • barbm

      i know for a fact that hershey’s now has their candy made in mexico. i looked on a package at the store a couple of weeks ago, and it said hershey, pa. it’s hard to tell where stuff is made these days. we could make them pass yet another law requring that info. but do we want MORE laws? kisses taste waxy now. it’s just not the same. maybe the water?

  • julian

    The economic downturn does play a role since people are quicker to turn to nationalism, protectionism and racism all while looking for somebody to blame for their personal woes. The Immigration issue can be solved but it must be done thoroughly, fairly AND compassionately on the federal level, not by a patchwork of state laws that seek to leagalize racism and are drafted by racist politicians with political agendas to futher. I wouldn’t count on any meaningful reform anytime soon, especially with the the GOP in control of the house and those damn tea-partiers polluting the political arena with their racist beliefs and intolerance. What they won’t own up to is the fact they think that the USA should be a Caucasian majority country and they feel uncomfortable with an increase in the population of people they feel are inferior and have come to see as a public threat. Racists look only at the color of a person’s skin not the content of their character.

  • barbm

    julian, kiss my grits. the tea party has hispanics, blacks, asians, all kinds of folks. if you were a tea partyer, you’d know that. you obviously don’t live in a border state, or you’d be fed up too. i don’t care if they’re coming from canada and white as the driven snow. if they’re here illegally, they need to go home. it just so happens that canadians don’t come to texas and arizona. too hot here for them, i guess.

  • chuckb

    julian,i can tell what your character is and i can’t see the color of your skin.
    the immigration must be done thoroughly, “fairly” on the federal level.
    i agree it should be done fairly, that is by the illegals obeying the standing federal law, applying thru the immigration dept. for citizenship not crossing into the country illegally.
    if you are here illegally, go home!! we don’t want you, is that fair enough?.

  • http://charden@neo.rr.com Charles

    Not one of these 340 laws or so, has solved a damn thing. I can give
    you two laws, and it would solve the problem. Close the borders( air tight) and deport all illigals at once. I don`t care if it takes
    100 years to do it. If I wanted to be Mexican, I would move to Mexico.
    If this makes me a raciest, so be it.

  • http://charden@neo.rr.com Charles

    It`s like Obama care, I could write a healthcare bill in less than 200
    pages, and it would be a good one, not one that Pelosi said, we had to pass, to know what was in it.

  • http://AOL.COM FRENCHIE

    ALL THESE NEW IMMIGRATION LAWS & I STILL HAVE TO WADE THROUGH A THRONG OF STINKING WETBACKS TO GET INTO HOME DEPOT OR LOWE’S. IT’S AMAZING HOW POLITICIANS CAN PASS LAW AFTER LAW REGARDING ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION & I STILL HAVE TO “PRESS 1 FOR ENGLISH”. WHEN ARE WE GOING TO START DEMANDING LAWS WITH REAL TEETH INSTEAD OF JUST LAWS TO PACIFY US & MAKE US THINK SOMETHING’S BEING DONE ABOUT IT? IT’S ALL NOTHING BUT LIP SERVICE UNTIL MASS ROUND-UPS & DEPORTATIONS START. WE’VE GOT ENOUGH PEOPLE OUT OF WORK WHO WOULD LOVE NOTHING MORE THAN TO BE HIRED TO “ROUND ‘EM UP & MOVE ‘EM OUT”. PUT THEM IN CATTLE CARS & SHIP THIER ASSES STRAIGHT BACK TO MEXICO. NO STOPS, NO RESTROOM BREAKS, NO FOOD, NO MEDICAL CARE AT OUR EXPENSE, JUST STRAIGHT BACK WHERE THEY CAME FROM. UNTIL WE SEE THINGS LIKE THIS HAPPENING, IT’S ALL JUST TALK & PACIFICATION. NO MORE, NO LESS. IF THAT SOUNDS INHUMANE TO YOU, JUST BE GLAD I DIDN’T SUGGEST GUNNING THEM DOWN LIKE DOGS IN THE STREET WHERE THEY’RE FOUND. THERE’S ABOUT ALL THE HUMANITY YOU CAN EXPECT FROM ME ON THIS SUBJECT. FAR TOO MANY PEOPLE I KNOW HERE IN DAYTON, OHIO (MYSELF INCLUDED) WERE PUT OUT OF WORK BY COMPANIES MORE THAN WILLING TO HIRE PEDRO FOR $3.50 AN HOUR, KNOWING THAT IMMIGRATION OFFICIALS WOULD DO NOTHING ABOUT IT. AFTER GM BAILED ON US BECAUSE OF THE UNION’S GREED, IT WAS HARD ENOUGH TO FIND WORK HERE. THEN THESE TACO MUNCHERS CAME ALONG & STOLE THE REST OF OUR JOBS WHILE “GUTLESS WONDERS” IN COLUMBUS & WASHINGTON DID NOTHING ABOUT IT. GUESS THEY FIGURE THEY’LL VOTE DEMOCRAT IF THEY LET ‘EM STAY. ANYHOW, NOTHING’S GOING TO GET BETTER UNTIL WE SCREAM TOO LOUD TO BE IGNORED THAT “WE THE PEOPLE” DEMAND REAL LAWS THAT WILL BE AS DILIGENTLY ENFORCED AS IF “WE THE PEOPLE” BROKE THEM. PERIOD.

  • chuckb

    frenchie, nothing will be changed until the people demand it. the politicians see how many mexicans there are in the country (illegal) and barry has his troops out organizing their vote (seiu) barry has the black vote, the illegal vote and most of the democrat vote, so why should he worry about closing the border. if he did shut the border down, where would his troops get their vitamin pills (drugs). the only real hope we have is sustaining the tea party. they have done a great job in re-vitalizing the american spirit. what just happened in wisconsin is encouraging, we finally have people (politicians) that have defied the bolsheviks and making necessary change in government.

  • http://charden@neo.rr.com Charles

    chuck,
    You and Frenchie said it all. Do you really think they will listen?
    Good JOB!!!!

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