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5 immigration bills fail in AZ yesterday, what changed since last year?

PHOENIX – Arizona legislators took a timeout from illegal immigration with the Senate easily defeating five related bills, reflecting little appetite for an issue that made the state the focus of national debate and protest last year.

Majority Republicans were split Thursday in their votes on the defeated bills, which included two measures intended to force a U.S. Supreme Court ruling against automatic citizenship for U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants. The other three dealt with health care, public services and everyday activities such as driving.

Supporters of the measures voiced frustration and said there could be political fallout for lawmakers who voted against them.

"The lack of political courage" is the only impediment to step up pressure on illegal immigration, said Republican Sen. Russell Pearce, the sponsor of the 2010 law.

But business leaders have been urging lawmakers to put the issue aside to avoid damaging the still-ailing economy.

The 2010 law known as SB1070 resulted in protests, boycotts and legal challenges. A federal judge has put key provisions on hold.

"It's time for us to take a timeout," said Republican Sen. John McComish of Phoenix. "It's something that the people don't want us to be focusing on."

Critics also said the bills rejected Thursday were over-reaching and flawed.

The two bills on citizenship were defeated on votes of 12-18 and 11-19 as majority Republicans split on the issue. The chamber's nine Democrats voted against all of the bills.

"I'm hopeful that now we can move on and focus on the business of the state," Democratic Minority Leader David Schapira of Tempe said after the three-hour floor session.

One of the rejected bills would have required hospitals to contact federal immigration officials or local law enforcement if people being treated lack insurance and can't demonstrate legal status.

Critics said that would burden hospitals, but Republican Sen. Steve Smith of Maricopa said his bill didn't require much.

"Maybe you forgot it's illegal to be in this country illegally," he said during the vote on his bill. "We just ask them to report the crime, not be the judge and executioner."

Also defeated was a bill to require schools to file reports on enrollments of illegal immigrant students.

The fifth bill was a sweeping measure sponsored by Pearce. It would have made it a crime for illegal immigrants to drive in Arizona. It also had provisions on registering vehicles, workplace hiring and various public benefits.

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sweet-a-kins

Asked by sweet-a-kins at 8:34 AM on Mar. 18, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_xgr_arizona_immigration


    Went from NEEDS to pass to can't pass 1.

    sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 8:34 AM on Mar. 18, 2011

  • I SOO wish they would have passed. Its PAST the time we Americans remove them and stop the drain on our economy. If they dont like how things are run in their country they should rise up and overthrow their Govt , NOT come here illegally WE have to follow the laws and rules, they dont think they have to.
    vbruno

    Answer by vbruno at 8:37 AM on Mar. 18, 2011

  • The one with automatic citizen was never that popular I think. It isnt the kids fault they are born here, their parents came here illegally not them. As for the other, who knows. They are gearing up for elections and I think we will see a stall in alot of bills in various states. Neither party wants to "look bad".
    gemgem

    Answer by gemgem at 8:38 AM on Mar. 18, 2011

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    The one with automatic citizen was never that popular I think. It isnt the kids fault they are born here, their parents came here illegally not them. As for the other, who knows. They are gearing up for elections and I think we will see a stall in alot of bills in various states. Neither party wants to "look bad".

    I think it was used as election faux outrage last year by Sharon Angle and it back fired...

    sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 8:42 AM on Mar. 18, 2011

  • I think it was used as election faux outrage last year by Sharon Angle and it back fired...
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    Yup!
    stacymomof2

    Answer by stacymomof2 at 8:54 AM on Mar. 18, 2011

  • I could really debate this one with some people on here I just know it, BUT, I will be very careful and simply say this..MOST IMMIGRANTS are certainly NOT draining our economy! They are simply doing the jobs that most people here are TOO LAZY to do!! They are hard workers and simply want to make money to send home so their family can survive! NOT TO LIVE IN THE LAP OF LUXURY to just SURVIVE. No, i do not think it is right for people to come illegally, however if you did not know how you were going to feed your children, you would do WHATEVER you had to! Thats what they are doing. Until you know people in that situation, don't be so quick to judge! If you want to in force the law take a job with immigration or border patrol, otherwise leave them alone. If they commit a crime, send them back.
    JenzAmomOf2

    Answer by JenzAmomOf2 at 9:00 AM on Mar. 18, 2011

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                                                                      POLITICIANS AND THEIR NEXT ELECTIONS.


    No, really, the conservatives like anchor babies now and paying for illegals cradle to grave is no longer the pain in the azz it has been, since the country is broke.


    Conservatives have had a change of mind!


    Love it all now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    mustbeGRACE

    Answer by mustbeGRACE at 9:32 AM on Mar. 18, 2011

  • " two measures intended to force a United States Supreme Court ruling against automatic citizenship for American-born children of illegal immigrants."


    I would imagine these bill were moreso political statements and less about the actual content of the bill becoming law.  The others?  I think it's because of the economy.  Once the economy is on a long term upward trend, I wouldn't be surprised if we see these types of bill re-surface...

    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 10:34 AM on Mar. 18, 2011

  • They were probably bad bills. If it makes you feel better though there are other states working on and passing bills similar to these. Texas included. Think of it as the same sex marriage issue. Those in favor think it will, sooner or later pass. Well, this too shall pass, one state at a time. The days of the illegal immigrant are coming to an end.
    itsmesteph11

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 10:44 AM on Mar. 18, 2011

  • They were probably bad bills. If it makes you feel better though there are other states working on and passing bills similar to these. Texas included


    Yes the idiot in TX wants to get rid of illegal immigrants EXCEPT the housekeepers! lol


    Its all a joke...a wedge issue. They saw Sharon Angle lose a race she could have easily won as Reid was past his prime....but THIS issue lost her the election

    sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 10:47 AM on Mar. 18, 2011

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