Arizona passed a law that made it illegal to be in the USA illegally. This is being lambasted by the MSM and likened to Nazi Germany rounding up the Jews. It is being heralded as being racist as well (which is just getting as old as yelling socialist).
I am perplexed by the open borders, amnesty for all crowd. Congress should not by pass an amnesty reform package. Instead how about amending the statutory (not constitutional) provisions that limit the actions States can take and increasing the legal means for foreigners to come to the United States to work.
The only way to end or significantly slow illegal immigration in America is to create a mosaic of laws across the country that increase the cost of illegal immigration to a point that the supply dwindles to a trickle as the demand is filled by legal workers.
Require the use of the E-Verify system for all businesses;
Suspend the licenses of businesses that hire unauthorized aliens;
Require business filings and business tax returns to include an attestation from the employer that he did not employ unauthorized aliens in the past 12 months, and make it a felony to file a false attestation;
Require state income tax returns to include an attestation from the filers that they did not employ unauthorized aliens in the past 12 months and make it a felony to file a false attestation;
Make it a felony for unauthorized aliens to work in the U.S., punishable by imprisonment and a fine;
Make it a felony to falsely claim legal presence in the United States;
Make it a felony and a predicate racketeering crime to smuggle aliens;
Make it a crime to rent, lease, or sublease living space for use by unauthorized aliens;
Expand law-enforcement arrest power to include misdemeanor violations of the INA;
Permit the temporary detention of individuals charged with misdemeanors, such as traffic violations,where probable cause exists that they are unauthorized aliens, so that federal entities can retrieve them;
Outlaw sanctuary cities, including day-labor sites;
Mandate the use of the Systemic Alien Verification for Entitlements system to verify entitlement to all state and local government benefits;
Deny enrollment to or financial aid for state-licensed higher education institutions to unauthorized
aliens, including in-state tuition qualification;
Restrict unauthorized aliens’ access to non-essential public benefits and services;
Prohibit tax deductions for business expenses related to unauthorized aliens;
Institute a withholding tax for all electronic funds wire transfers to foreign parties or on negotiable bank drafts and international money orders without a valid Social Security Number;
Ban the use of foreign identification documents to establish identity or to obtain state identification cards unless accompanied by a U.S. document that demonstrates legal presence in the United States; and
Restrict the use of taxpayer identification numbers for purposes not authorized by the Internal Revenue Service, including identification, unless accompanied by a U.S. document that demonstrates legal presence in the United States.
www.heritage.org for this info.