Thursday Immigration Blog Roundup
by The Opportunity Agenda, Thu May 20, 2010 at 05:27:34 PM EDT
This week's Immigration Blog Roundup covers the Az bill, federal policy, and more...
President Calderon of Mexico says Arizona's new immigration measure will promote discrimination during a visit to the White House. President Barack Obama also stepped up his criticism of Arizona's illegal immigration law, calling it "misdirected" and warning that it has the potential to lead to discrimination as well.
There is much debate about the new immigration measure slated to take effect July 29 in Arizona. So far two officers are challenging the immigration law in court, while police unions that lobbied for it are defending it against criticism from police officials. Supporters and proponents are speaking up around the nation.
A New York Times/CBS News poll this month that found that Americans 45 and older were more likely than the young to say the Arizona law was “about right” (as opposed to “going too far” or “not far enough”). Boomers were also more likely to say that “no newcomers” should be allowed to enter the country while more young people favored a “welcome all” approach.
The Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board voted unanimously Wednesday to adopt a framework for a video training course that will be distributed to all 15,000 Arizona police officers. Police Chief Jack Harris told The Associated Press last week "the way the law is written, it almost leads officers to do racial profiling, while at the same time saying, 'Don't do it.'"
On May 3, 2010, the Supreme Court ruled that government doctors are immune from personal liability for inadequate medical care of immigration detainees. Read more here at the National Immigration Forum website.