Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Busy Year Ahead for Immigration Activists

More than 11 states, including Mississippi, Missouri and Nebraska, will take up Arizona-style legislation in this New Year to combat illegal immigration within their borders, according to a Minuteman PAC fundraising piece.

Proposed Arizona-style legislation in these states would ban “sanctuary city” policies by making it a state crime to be in the U.S. without proper documentation, and requires police to check the immigration status of people stopped for questioning.

Numerous states are also proposing measures that would limit access to public benefits, such as welfare and Medicaid services, for illegal aliens and punish employers who hire them.

Oklahoma may enact a measure allowing authorities to seize and keep the vehicle of anyone who harbors an illegal immigrant. Georgia’s new governor, Nathan Deal, wants to revoke birthright U.S. citizenship for children born in the U.S. to illegal immigrants, which Minuteman says has doubled to 4 million in the last few years, and costs taxpayers billions annually.