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Judge: Arizona's Anti-Smuggling Law Can't Be Used to Jail Illegal Aliens

A federal judge ruled that Maricopa County, Arizona cannot use a 2005 anti-smuggling law to criminally charge illegal aliens who paid to be smuggled into the U.S. The law was believed to be an important factor in shifting human smuggling traffic from Arizona to other border states.

After the law took effect in August 2005, Maricopa County’s district attorney issued a legal opinion that said illegal aliens suspected of using smugglers to cross illegally can be charged as conspirators. No other Arizona county interpreted the law in that manner or pursued such prosecutions. But Maricopa County used to tool with vigor. Seventy-five percent of the approximately 1,800 people charged in Maricopa County under the anti-smuggling law through June 2011 were illegal aliens.

Illegal-alien advocates fought the policy in state courts but were denied. They then brought a case in federal court but the matter was dismissed. But a federal appeals courts reversed the district court’s ruling and remanded the case to U.S. District Judge Robert Broomfield.

Judge Broomfield’s ruling now bars Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio or county prosecutors from charging illegal aliens as co-conspirators in the act of human smuggling. Broomfield said the policy is preempted by federal law because it criminalizes actions that federal law treats as a civil matter.

Read more here.

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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/

Fewer day laborers on Phx. streets

In the News - Thursday, August 12, 2010

Day laborers, mostly illegal immigrants from Mexico, also had proliferated in other areas of metropolitan Phoenix, including Guadalupe, west Phoenix and Fountain Hills.

But drive by any of those locations now, and only a handful of day laborers are left. And no longer do they rush up to vehicles en masse, waving their hands in a desperate bid to get hired. Now, they are more likely to keep a lower profile, leaning against a tree or sitting on a milk crate.

There are several reasons for the change. Arizona's slumping economy has dried up the demand for day laborers, who typically are hired for yard cleaning, moving, tree cutting, construction and other jobs. Many have left Arizona to look for work in other states, or they have given up and returned to Mexico.

By Daniel Gonzalez -- The Arizona Republic

http://azstarnet.com/news/article_b471c99a-3e6a-5bef-a066-0515066c4755.html

Missouri sheriffs' group endorses immigration enforcement efforts by border states

In the News - Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Missouri sheriffs are giving their support to law officers in states along the Mexican border seeking to enforce immigration laws.

The Missouri Sheriffs' Association this week approved a resolution backing states that have approved their own legislation on immigration enforcement. The resolution specifically mentions Arizona, where part of a new law on the subject has been blocked by a federal judge.

The Missouri sheriffs group said Wednesday the resolution was approved by more than 100 members at its annual meeting, with no votes in opposition.

By Associated Press

http://www.kplr11.com/news/sns-ap-mo--missouriimmigration,0,2803424.story