Jan. 2008 article:
1/16/2008, "Sonoran officials slam sanctions law in Tucson visit," Tucson Citizen, Sheryl Kornman
"A delegation of nine state legislators from Sonora was in Tucson on Tuesday to say Arizona’s new employer sanctions law will have a devastating effect on the Mexican state.
At a news conference, the legislators said Sonora – Arizona’s southern neighbor, made up of mostly small towns – cannot handle the demand for housing, jobs and schools it will face as illegal Mexican workers here return to their hometownswithout jobs or money.
The law, which took effect Jan.1, punishes employers who knowingly hire individuals who don’t have valid legal documents to work in the United States. Penalties include suspension or loss of a business license.
Its intent is to eliminate or curtail the top draw for immigrants to this country – jobs.
The Mexican delegation, members of Sonora’s 58th Legislature, belong to the National Action Party (PAN), the party of Mexico’s president, Felipe Calderón.
They spoke at the offices of Project PPEP, a nonprofit that provides job retraining for farmworkers and other programs.
The lawmakers were to travel to Phoenix for a Wednesday breakfast meeting with Hispanic legislators.
They want to tell them how the law will affect Mexican families on both sides of the border.
“How can they pass a law like this?” asked Mexican Rep. Leticia Amparano Gamez, who represents Nogales.
“There is not one person living in Sonora who does not have a friend or relative working in Arizona,” she said in Spanish.
“Mexico is not prepared for this, for the tremendous problems” it will face as more and more Mexicans working in Arizona and sending money to their families return to hometowns in Sonora without jobs, she said.
“We are one family, socially and economically,” she said of the people of Sonora and Arizona. Amparano said the Mexican legislators are already asking the federal government of Mexico for help for Sonora.
Rep. Florencio Diaz Armenta, coordinator of the delegation, represents San Luis, south of Yuma, one of Arizona’s agricultural hubs, which employs some 28,000 legal Mexican workers.
“What do we do with the repatriated?” he asked. “As Mexicans, we are worried. They are Mexicans but they are also people – fathers and mothers and young people with jobs” who won’t have work in Sonora.”
He said the Arizona law will lead to “disintegration of the family,” as one “legal” Mexican parent remains in Arizona and the other returns to Mexico.
Rep. Francisco Garcia Gámez, a legislator from Cananea and that city’s former mayor, said the lack of mining jobs there has driven many Mexicans to Arizona to find work. He said they depend on jobs in Arizona to feed their families on both sides of the border.
Gov. Janet Napolitano, in her State of the State speech Monday, said the new law needs some modifications, including a better definition of what constitutes a complaint.
Barrett Marson, director of communications for the Arizona House of Representatives, said Speaker Jim Weiers, R-Phoenix, “has some concerns about how the law will be administered and applied.”
He said the speaker sought testimony from the business community last fall “to get ideas about how to make following the law easier. In the end, that’s what he wants – compliance, but make it as easy as possible to do.”
Marson said Weiers is “waiting for the governor to come out with her idea of what she wants to do” before he makes his own recommendations."
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Via Rush Limbaugh:
This isn't immigration, it's an invasion. It's desired and sponsored by both political parties:
8/19/15, "It's an Invasion, Not Immigration," Rush Limbaugh
"Folks, we're making a mistake. I know many of you already have concluded this on your own, so it's not earth-shattering here. But we're making a mistake referring to this as immigration, period....This is not immigration, what is happening here. I mean, it's happening even now.
The numbers that you see routinely reported are hundreds of thousands of people crossing the border either monthly or yearly. And they're getting in and nobody's stopping them, and nobody's turning them around and nobody is refusing them entry. This is not immigration! Immigration has a system. You apply. You fill out documentation, you go in line, and you are admitted according to procedures in our immigration law.
And once admitted, you have to follow laws in this country and eventually, after time passes, you can be granted permanent status and then take a test and become a citizen....What is happening on our Southern border is not immigration. This is an invasion. And it's not just happening here. It's happening in all parts of Europe, where borders essentially don't even exist. But it's wrong to talk about this as immigration. It's wrong to talk about it in terms of trying to come up with immigration policy.
We already have that....
This invasion is sponsored. This invasion is desired. Both political parties in Washington have their own interests in this invasion. The Democrats see new voters....also...a permanent underclass of dependent, uneducated, low-skilled people who are going to have to be dependent on government to live....The Republican desire is for the job market, what have you.
But regardless, the DC establishment is interested--for different reasons--in this invasion continuing. And I think we are missing the boat by accepting the terms offered by people who are in favor of this. It isn't immigration. Under no definition can we call what is happening on our Southern border immigration, legal or illegal. It is an invasion. It's an invasion of a certain type of person from certain parts of the world for whatever reason. They are fleeing poverty, they are fleeing war, they are fleeing destitution or they are seeking -- in some cases, I'm sure -- a better life. They all are.
But there's no aspect of this that is immigration, and to deal with this under the auspices of so-called immigration law makes it sound like we don't have any immigration law to deal with it. We do! We just are not enforcing it. So the desire to set up new law, come up with new laws and new procedures to deal with this is brilliant and purposeful in convincing people -- or trying to convince people -- that we have no system in place to deal with this, when we do.
RUSH: Conservative Review is the website I was looking for with Jeff Lord's piece on that AP story from 2008 detailing Mexican legislators going to Arizona, demanding that we not send back those who have illegally invaded the United States. It isn't immigration, folks. There's no... There's no even pretense of immigration about this. I mean, they're still in the "shadows" after how many years, right? There's not even any pretense of this."...