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71% of New Mexico Voters Oppose State's Policy of Issuing Driver's Licenses to Illegal Aliens

A new poll conducted by The Albuquerque Journal found that 71% of New Mexico voters oppose the state's law that allows illegal aliens to get a driver's license. The paper found major opposition to the law across all ethnic groups, and only 21% of voters support the law. New Mexico passed a law that allows illegal aliens to get a driver's license in 2003.

Gov. Susana Martinez urged New Mexico lawmakers to repeal the law after she was elected in 2010. Even then, 72% of New Mexico voters opposed the measure, so opposition has remained strong throughout the repeal debate. Legislation to repeal the law was passed by the State House in each of the last two years, but were killed in the State Senate.

Earlier this week, a study from the Insurance Research Council found that the driver's license law has not reduced the number of uninsured drivers in the state. Supporters of the law claim that preventing illegal aliens from getting a driver's license leads to more uninsured drivers on the road.

For more information, see The Albuquerque Journal. 

Publications

Judge Bolton's Ruling on Arizona Immigration Enforcement Law

Articles - Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Amicus Brief from 79 Members of Congress in Support of Arizona Against Justice Department

Articles - Wednesday, July 21, 2010

NumbersUSA Sign-up Form

Local Power Team - Thursday, June 3, 2010

Arizona's Immigration Enforcement Law (as Amended)

Fact Sheets - Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Sen. Chuck Schumer's Letter to Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer

Articles - Thursday, May 6, 2010

Fact Sheet: Arizona's Immigration Enforcement Law

Fact Sheets - Friday, April 30, 2010

Polls

75% of Alabama Voters Support State Immigration Enforcement Law

Support Tougher Enforcement - Monday, March 19, 2012

In a Pulse Opinion Research poll of 500 likely Alabama voters, 75% support HB 56 and 52% say they "strongly support" the law. The poll also found that 54% of Alabama voters want to keep the law on the books and 59% of voters believe it "will free-up jobs for other Alabama workers." 

 

Pulse Opinion Research

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/new-alabama-opinion-poll-shows-broad-support-for-state-immigration-enforcement-law-2012-03-19

Broad Support for Arizona's SB1070

Support Tougher Enforcement - Wednesday, May 12, 2010

A new Pew Research poll reveals that the majority of Americans support most of the provisions offered in Arizona's new immigration enforcement law. Seventy-three percent of Americans believe that individuals should carry proof of legal status, 67% support police being able to detain an individual that can't prove legal status, 62% support police questioning an individual they suspect to be in the country illegally, and 59% support the Arizona law.

Pew Research Center

http://people-press.org/report/613/arizona-immigration-law

55% of Colorado Voters Favor Immigration Law Like Arizona's

Support Tougher Enforcement - Saturday, May 8, 2010

Fifty-five percent (55%) of Colorado voters favor a law like the one just adopted in Arizona that authorizes local police to stop individuals they suspect of being illegal immigrants, according to a new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in the state. Thirty-five percent (35%) oppose such a law.

Rasmussen Reports

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/general_state_surveys/colorado/55_of_colorado_voters_favor_immigration_law_like_arizona_s

62% in Florida Favor Arizona-style Law On Illegal Immigration

Support Tougher Enforcement - Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Sixty-two percent (62%) of Florida voters favor a law like Arizona’s that authorizes local police to stop and verify the immigration status of anyone they suspect of being an illegal immigrant.

A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of voters in the state finds that 31% oppose such a law.

Rasmussen Reports

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/elections2/election_2010/election_2010_senate_elections/florida/62_in_florida_favor_arizona_style_law_on_illegal_immigration

Arizona Voters Favor Welcoming Immigration Policy, 64% Support New Immigration Law

Support Tougher Enforcement - Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Like voters across the nation, most Arizona voters (57%) favor an immigration policy that welcomes all immigrants except “national security threats, criminals and those who would come here to live off our welfare system.” A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Arizona voters finds that just 27% oppose such a welcoming policy.

At the same time, 76% say it is more important to gain control of the border than it is to legalize the status of undocumented workers. Only 19% believe it is more important to legalize the status of undocumented workers already in the country. These views, too, are consistent with national preferences. However, Arizona voters are a bit more focused on border control.

Rasmussen Reports

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/general_state_surveys/arizona/arizona_voters_favor_welcoming_immigration_policy_64_support_new_immigration_law

60% Favor Letting Local Police Stop and Verify Immigration Status

Support Tougher Enforcement - Monday, April 26, 2010

A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey finds that 60% of voters nationwide favor an Arizona-style law, while 31% are opposed.

Seventy-seven percent (77%) of Republicans support the law along with 62% of voters not affiliated with either major party. Democratic voters are evenly divided on the measure.

Rasmussen Reports

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/current_events/immigration/nationally_60_favor_letting_local_police_stop_and_verify_immigration_status

70% of Arizona Voters Favor New State Measure Cracking Down On Illegal Immigration

Support Tougher Enforcement - Wednesday, April 21, 2010

A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey finds that 70% of likely voters in Arizona approve of the legislation SB1070, while just 23% oppose it.

Opponents of the measure, including major national Hispanic groups, say it will lead to racial profiling, and 53% of voters in the state are concerned that efforts to identify and deport illegal immigrants also will end up violating the civil rights of some U.S. citizens. Forty-six percent (46%) don’t share that concern

Rasmussen Reports

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/elections2/election_2010/election_2010_senate_elections/arizona/70_of_arizona_voters_favor_new_state_measure_cracking_down_on_illegal_immigration

Gannett Poll Finds NJ Residents Oppose Rewards for Illegal Aliens

Oppose Rewards for Illegal Migration - Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Sixty-two percent of state residents oppose granting illegal immigrants some type of limited driver's license, according to a Monmouth University/Gannett New Jersey poll.

Only 32 percent said children of illegal immigrants deserved in-state tuition rates, while 20 percent favored the lower rates for illegal immigrants themselves.

http://www.courierpostonline.com/article/20090324/NEWS01/903240343/1006/

In the News

U.S. Rep. Charlie Gonzalez says that in Arizona, Mitt Romney said the state’s SB 1070 law should be model for nation

Quoted - Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Finally, we turned to NumbersUSA, an Arlington-Va.-based nonprofit group that opposes illegal immigration and advocates for limits on legal immigration, because it tracks what the presidential candidates say about immigration. The group’s president, Roy Beck, told us that Romney has expressed support for enacting "attrition by enforcement" policies on a national level such as requiring that businesses use E-Verify. Beck said Romney has not said specific provisions of SB 1070 should be taken as a model for federal immigration laws.

By Charles Gonzales in PolitiFact Texas

http://www.politifact.com/texas/statements/2012/apr/11/charlie-gonzalez/us-rep-charlie-gonzalez-says-arizona-mitt-romney-s/

Pearce may be down but he’s not done

Quoted - Friday, November 18, 2011

“Pearce would have retained his seat in a regular election,” said Roy Beck, president of NumbersUSA, adding, “Probably the key factor to keep in mind is that the recall election occurred when only a half-dozen states were having elections. That allowed open-border forces to concentrate most of their money and energy on Pearce’s tiny Arizona district.

There were few competing requests for the money that was used to buy signatures to create the recall election and then run the outside-group advertising.”

Beck also surmised, “If the challenge to Pearce had happened during a regular election year, it is doubtful that nearly as much open-borders money and energy could have been funneled solely to this recall effort,” and said that alone might easily have made the difference in the outcome.

BY LINDA BENTLEY -- Sonoran News

“Pearce would have retained his seat in a regular election,” said Roy Beck, president of NumbersUSA, adding, “Probably the key factor to keep in mind is that the recall election occurred when only a half-dozen states were having elections. That allowed open-border forces to concentrate most of their money and energy on Pearce’s tiny Arizona district.

There were few competing requests for the money that was used to buy signatures to create the recall election and then run the outside-group advertising.”

Beck also surmised, “If the challenge to Pearce had happened during a regular election year, it is doubtful that nearly as much open-borders money and energy could have been funneled solely to this recall effort,” and said that alone might easily have made the difference in the outcome.

He noted the fact that the rules are different in a recall election than in a regular Primary, whereas non-Republicans were allowed to choose between two Republican candidates.
Beck said, if this had been a regular Primary election, “Pearce most likely would have easily defeated Republican Lewis,” adding, “By all news accounts, the assumption is that Pearce easily won the Republican votes in this recall ballot.”

“All of this is to say that it took some very special circumstances to engineer Pearce’s defeat,” said Beck.

BY LINDA BENTLEY -- Sonoran News

Show More http://www.sonorannews.com/archives/2011/111116/frontpage-pearce.html

Law would ban requiring E-Verify system

Quoted - Sunday, October 16, 2011

Opponents of the new bill, such as NumbersUSA.com, say mandatory E-Verify is good for the state because it pushes illegal immigrants from the workforce, leaving jobs open for Californians who are legal residents or U.S. citizens.

Cindy Carcamo -- The Orange County Register

Georgia agriculture commissioner to testify about farm labor on Capitol Hill

Quoted - Monday, October 3, 2011

Roy Beck, the executive director of Numbers USA, a nonprofit that supports lower immigration levels, has suggested in the past that farmers might become more innovative if they did not depend on the labor of illegal immigrants. They might even resort to using more mechanization in harvesting, he said.

By Jeremy Redmon -- The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

http://www.ajc.com/news/georgia-politics-elections/georgia-agriculture-commissioner-to-1193712.html

Strict Arizona immigration law gets Supreme Court blessing

Quoted - Saturday, May 28, 2011

Roy Beck of the reform group NumbersUSA sees it as much more than that, calling the ruling "a tremendous victory for unemployed Americans."

"There are about 7 million illegal aliens estimated to be working in non-agricultural jobs. There are many Americans unemployed and lined up to get those jobs," Beck claimed.

Also supporting the ruling is the Latino advocacy group known as the League of United Latin American citizens (LULAC).

Luis Vera, LULAC's general counsel, says the law should expose businesses that utilize underpaid immigrants in unsafe conditions.

About a dozen states have laws similar to Arizona's.

"There are at least a dozen other states that have held back," Rob Beck said, "I think we're going to see those states passing those laws in the next year."

by Barry Bagnato -- CBS News

Roy Beck of the reform group NumbersUSA sees it as much more than that, calling the ruling "a tremendous victory for unemployed Americans."



"There are about 7 million illegal aliens estimated to be working in non-agricultural jobs. There are many Americans unemployed and lined up to get those jobs," Beck claimed.



Also supporting the ruling is the Latino advocacy group known as the League of United Latin American citizens (LULAC).



Luis Vera, LULAC's general counsel, says the law should expose businesses that utilize underpaid immigrants in unsafe conditions.



About a dozen states have laws similar to Arizona's.



"There are at least a dozen other states that have held back," Rob Beck said, "I think we're going to see those states passing those laws in the next year."



Further, he predicts the business community's concerned for a single uniform system will send it from the Supreme Court across the street to Congress, to push for a standard nationwide eVerify requirement.

by Barry Bagnato -- CBS News

Show More http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20066585-503544.html

Latino Celebrities Speak Out For Immigration Reform

Quoted - Wednesday, May 18, 2011

“Rock guitarist Carlos Santana may have reached a new low in hate speech against American workers,” wrote Roy Beck, head of NumbersUSA, which favors strict immigration policies, “when he took to a microphone on the field before the Atlanta Braves-Philadelphia Phillies game yesterday. . .Santana, like most pro-illegal-immigration activists, doesn't have the slightest idea about the reality of American workers.”

By Elizabeth Llorente -- Fox News Latino

http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/politics/2011/05/17/latino-celebrities-increasingly-speak-immigration-reform/

Utah immigration plan could stir legal storm

Quoted - Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Roy Beck, executive director of NumbersUSA, which advocates for lower levels of legal and illegal immigration, said a lawsuit would come if the state tries to move forward with the proposal.

"This is about running their own immigration system," Beck said. "It's not going anywhere."

By Alan Gomez -- USA Today

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2011-03-08-utah08_ST_N.htm

States expected to push more confrontational immigration legislation

Quoted - Saturday, January 15, 2011

Outside the Legislature, an initiative campaign is taking place to put an Arizona-like measure on the 2012 ballot for California.

These strategies are intended to “mainly do what Arizona has succeeded in doing, which is making their state inhospitable for illegal aliens and making them move out voluntarily,” said Roy Beck, executive director of Numbers USA, which advocates more limited immigration.

Experts said there is no evidence that these regulations have created more jobs or improved the economy in Arizona.

By Elizabeth Aguilera -- San Diego Union-Tribune

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/jan/15/states-expected-push-more-confrontational-immigrat/

Simi Valley adopts E-Verify to check new employees' legal status

Quoted - Tuesday, August 31, 2010

NumbersUSA.com, which advocates for lower immigration levels, “estimates 6 million jobs in America are held by illegal aliens. If Congress passed mandatory E-Verify it would open up 2.76 million jobs for Americans,” Walsh said.

By Mike Harris -- Ventura County Star

http://www.vcstar.com/news/2010/aug/31/simi-valley-adopts-e-verify-to-check-new-legal/

Hispanics in the US: A new generation

Quoted - Thursday, June 10, 2010

"In the current economic climate, the half-million amnestied illegal young adults would compete for scarce jobs," said Roy Beck, executive director of the Numbers USA organisation which favours reduced immigration

By Ana Lucia Gonzalez -- BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world/us_and_canada/10209099.stm

House immigration bill aims at cities

In the News - Thursday, April 19, 2012

The Minnesota House has passed legislation aimed at ensuring all cities enforce immigration laws.

Under the bill, local government officials can no longer restrict employees from sharing immigration data with federal authorities. It also preempts local ordinances that prohibit cooperation in immigration enforcement. Supporters say the bill would help enforce immigration laws. The legislation passed with House with a vote of 77-52.

By Tom Scheck in Minnesota Public Radio

http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/04/19/house-immigration-bill-aims-at-cities/

Most Ala. firms miss immigration goal

In the News - Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Tens of thousands of Alabama businesses have missed a deadline set by the state's strict immigration law to register with a federal database used to verify the citizenship status of job applicants, according to registration numbers.

By Jay Reeves in Associated Press

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jjLcz6t0ejDBDHR_wYLS_ys0kx1g?docId=36ffc9c8ced3441aabb13c5ba12f3b44

Miss. immigration-enforcement bill killed

In the News - Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant says he's disappointed an immigration-enforcement bill died Tuesday when a Senate committee chairman chose not to bring it up for a vote.

From Associated Press

http://www.necn.com/04/03/12/Miss-immigration-enforcement-bill-killed/landing_politics.html?&apID=9fa35cbaf3c14c5799abf719dedcfcd4

Mississippi Immigration Bill Passes House

In the News - Thursday, March 15, 2012

Mississippi lawmakers moved closer to enacting legislation to crack down on undocumented immigrants in the state, though the proposal does not go as far as neighboring Alabama's law, widely seen as the toughest in the nation and now the focus of a court challenger by the Obama administration. 

By Robbie Ward, Reuters, March 2012

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/15/mississippi-immigration-bill-passes-house_n_1348547.html?ref=politics

California immigration crackdown campaign to enlist American Legion members

In the News - Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Continuing a 93-year fight to control immigration, American Legion leaders are rallying military veterans to convince California voters they should require police to enforce federal immigration law.

"This country is for people who are here legally, who are born here, not for people who came here illegally, who kind of snuck in," said Bill Siler, adjutant of California's American Legion branch.

By Matt O Brien -- Contra Costa Times

http://www.mercurynews.com/news/ci_19912256

Commissioner: Lack of labor hurt Georgia farms

In the News - Friday, January 6, 2012

A shortage of workers in the field caused $10 million in crop losses for 500 Georgia farmers who responded to a study called for by Georgia's new immigration law.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution January 3, 2012

http://www.ajc.com/news/commissioner-lack-of-labor-1287760.html

Alabama jobless rate falls amid immigration reform

In the News - Sunday, December 18, 2011

Alabama’s unemployment rate fell at a record pace in November amid stepped-up efforts by President Barack Obama’s deputies to frustrate enforcement of the state’s popular new immigration reform.

The state’s unemployment rate fell 0.6 percent in November to 8.7 percent, according to new state reports, partly because the state’s employers opened up jobs to Americans after shedding illegal immigrants.

The unemployment rate is far below October’s rate of 9.3 percent and September’s rate of 9.8 percent.

DailyCaller.com

http://dailycaller.com/2011/12/18/alabama-jobless-rate-falls-amid-immigration-reform/

Legal immigrants join fight against Dream Act

In the News - Monday, November 28, 2011

Until recently, Maryland’s legal and political battle over in-state tuition has been seen as pitting young illegal immigrants against native residents. But in the past few months, a petition drive by opponents of the measure has attracted a small but growing number of legal immigrants, who say that they, too, are being cheated.

By Pamela Constable -- Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/legal-immigrants-join-fight-against-dream-act/2011/11/22/gIQA9xti2N_print.html

Council Tackles E-Verify Language; Approves COPS Grant

In the News - Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Springfield City Council discussed the ballot language associated with the E-verify ordinance at its Monday night meeting.
Council also discussed when to put the issue to voters: either February 7 or March 6, 2012.
Earlier this year, the Ozarks Minutemen submitted enough signatures to force a public vote.

OzarksFirst.com

http://ozarksfirst.com/fulltext?nxd_id=554587

County contractors required to verify workers' immigration status

In the News - Wednesday, August 3, 2011

San Bernardino County has implemented a policy to require all contractors that do business with the County to use the federal government’s E-Verify system to ensure that their employees are legally authorized to work in the United States.

Vitorville Daily Press

http://www.vvdailypress.com/news/required-29134-san-bernardino.html