Central Valley, Politics, Uncategorized

SB1070 in California?


Bilingual Weekly

With the MidTerm Elections over the Tea Party has switched from candidate-bashing to ridding the state of undocumented workers. Tea Party activist Michael Erickson, a Belmont, CA resident, has filed an initiative proposal very similar to Arizona’s SB 1070 —entitled “Support Federal Immigration Law Act”— to be included on the 2012 Election ballot. The law, if approved by voters, would require state and local law enforcement officers in California to verify the immigration status of any individual “when ‘reasonable suspicion’ exists that the individual is unlawfully present in the country.” A court could “order the employer to terminate the employment of all unauthorized immigrants and place the employer on probationary status (including the temporary suspension of all business licensees) or permanently revoke all business licenses held by the employer” Any California resident “could file a lawsuit in superior court against any state and local government agency that adopts or implements a policy limiting or restricting the enforcement of federal immigration laws.” This is aimed at immigration sanctuaries such as San Francisco. The proponents admit the impact the Court system will suffer were this Proposition approved, but argue that it is worth the promised savings in the billions through fines to violators, reduced medical, educational and social services to an estimated 2 million undocumented persons living in California. To qualify for the ballot, organizers have until April 21, 2011 to gather at least 433,971 registered-voters’ signatures.

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