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  by  Melanie Oubre

Our webcast on Thursday focused on the almost humorous aspect of 11 anti-enforcement states complaining to the Supreme Court that Arizona's immigration enforcement laws are too successful.

Earlier in the week, 11 state attorneys general had filed an amicus brief that essentially said what we've been saying all along - local immigration enforcement succeeds in reducing the illegal population.

But the 11 attorneys general aren't happy about that. 

(Click on this map to watch our staff discuss the amicus brief)

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was the lead author of the brief that supports the federal Justice Department's lawsuit against the state of Arizona.  Here is the quote by him that we showed in our webcast:

Thank you, Mr. Schneiderman, for confirming that a state that chooses to enforce immigration laws will have success in driving down illegal alien population.  Illegal aliens are forced to move to states that have lax immigration laws - states like the 11 filing the brief. 

California, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Oregon, Illinois, Rhode Island, Iowa, Vermont, and Maryland argue that Arizona's law is hurting their economies because the illegal aliens are coming to their states. 

Wait... What?  These are the same states that have preached for years how illegal aliens are actually a net benefit, and now they are saying they don't want Arizona's illegal aliens? 

The red states on the map are the ones that fear other states may be driving illegal aliens across their borders.  Our webcast explained which pro-enfrocement states are likely causing this fear. 

The 11-state amicus brief is also arguing that Arizona is creating its own foreign policy.  But Arizona is simply enforcing laws that are not enforced on the Federal level.  It is the other states that are creating their own policy by operating as virtual sanctuaries from the federal immigration law and welcoming illegal aliens. This week's webcast also describes our success in moving forward on mandatory 50-state E-Verify legislation.

On the state level, we have a lot going on.  Especially if you live in Mississippi, Kansas, Colorado or Vermont, please watch the end of our webcast and check through your email alerts!

Finally, the House and Senate are on recess for the next two weeks.  That means they will be home and possibly hosting town halls.  If you have heard from us about a town hall, we would love for you to attend and ask about mandatory E-Verify.  If you hear about a town hall from someone else, please let us know about it too.  Don't assume that we already know about it.  If there are no town halls going on, you can contact us through the help desk for handouts that you can drop off at your Representative's of Senator's offices.

I hope you have a great week!  We will not be having a webcast this Thursday, but we will be back on Thursday April 12th.  

MELANIE OUBRE is on NumbersUSA's Content & Activism Staff

Interior Enforcement
Illegal Immigration
immigration reform
state policies

Updated: Mon, Apr 2nd 2012 @ 10:35am EDT

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