Public sides with Arizona over US on new immigration law
- Americans' support for Arizona’s tough new immigration law is unwavering, with the public unmoved by a legal challenge to the law filed last week by the US Department of Justice, finds a new poll released Monday by TechnoMetrica Market Intelligence (TIPP).
The US Department of Justice filed suit against the state of Arizona in federal court July 6, challenging the state's tough new immigration law requiring state and local police to ask ID of anyone they've stopped and then suspect of being in the US illegally.
- The most compelling figure from the poll is that 51 percent of Americans support Arizona's law as it stands, compared with 35 percent who support the US case against Arizona.
The level of support is highest in the South and the West, at 55 and 56 percent, respectively. By contrast, respondents in the Northeast were equally divided in their support for Arizona versus the US, 41 percent to 41 percent.
Raid of Phoenix business by sheriff leads to 5 arrests
- Maricopa County Sheriff's detectives arrested five people on Tuesday in a theft identity raid at a south Phoenix business.
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said the investigators received a tip about three months ago that at least one person working at Valley View Building Services Inc. was believed to be in the United States illegally. That employee had been working on the Fort Huachuca military base in Sierra Vista.
After further investigation, investigators suspected more than 20 people could have been working illegally at Valley View Building Services, which is near 19th Street and University Drive.
- Sheriff Joe Arpaio said detectives are continuing to investigate the company, in efforts of locating up to 20 more people suspected of using false identification, who may be on other worksites. Owner of the business, Joel Votaw, said he didn't know some of his workers were using under false identification.
Votaw said he used a program called eVerify to confirm his employees could be legally employed, and said he supports finding people who have stolen the identity of another.
Civil disobedience planned for Thursday
- We are now less than 48 hours until Senate Bill 1070 becomes the law of the state – unless, of course, Judge Susan Bolton nixes the whole thing.
Already, the barricades are up at the Sandra Day O’Connor Federal Courthouse where Bolton works, awaiting thousands of expected protestors. Busloads of folks will be coming in from California to join with Arizona opponents of the new law.
Events kick off Thursday at 4 a.m. with a procession from the state Capitol to the Trinity Cathedral for an interfaith service that is being characterized as “one of hope, faith and defiance.”
- Umm? InterFaith? And they wonder why they are so messed up out there? Come on California Really?
- Speaking of cool heads, Sheriff Joe has gotten a whiff of Thursday’s doings. Here is his statement on the subject, sent out this morning:
“Thousands of people will reportedly descend upon Maricopa County this week in support of or in protest to SB1070. Intelligence gathering leads us to believe that several acts of civil disobedience are planned - here at my office headquarters in the Wells Fargo Bank high rise in downtown Phoenix; at the jails including Tent City and at Thursday’s crime suppression operation which will be conducted by my deputies and posse members.
“Activists and their celebrity sympathizers who wish to target this community and this Sheriff by attempting to disrupt our jail and patrol operations will be unsuccessful as we will be fully prepared to meet those challenges head on with appropriately staffed personnel and resources.”
Angry protestors, an angry sheriff and plenty of TV cameras.