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Frederick Douglass Foundation Supports the Enactment and Enforcement of Arizona Immigration Law
Judge strikes down keyprovisions, takes away states' rights
WASHINGTON, DC - Timothy F. Johnson, Chairman and Founder ofthe Frederick Douglass Foundation, today opposed a judge's decision to strikedown key provisions in Arizona's recently passed immigration legislation, effectivelyallowing illegal immigrants to again roam free and tie the hands of lawenforcement and immigration officials in the state.
Arizona's law simply mirrors what is already federal policy- to check the immigration status of those who are under reasonable suspicionof being in the country illegally or those who have committed an additionalcrime. Additionally, it bans companies from knowingly hiring illegalimmigrants.
"Arizona's social services and law enforcement agencies areinundated and unable to perform effectively due to the overwhelming number ofillegal immigrants living in the state," Timothy Johnson said. "Since thefederal government refused to do anything, Arizona has enacted a policy thatmirrors federal law in order to remedy the situation.
"It is a real problem when the rights of states are takenaway to advance an agenda by this administration that aims to put these illegalimmigrants on a path to amnesty. These people have already committed a crime bycircumventing our immigration process. We are a nation of immigrants, but we'realso a nation of laws. There is a proper way to enter this country, and it'snot by jumping a fence or hiding in the desert.
"I urge all conservatives to get behind this movement andallow Arizona to enforce current federal law to get a handle on its illegalimmigration problem - and not allow them to be bullied by a liberal agenda."
Arizona's law was set to go into effect on Thursday, July31. It specifically prohibits racial profiling, and no one would be stopped andasked for proof of legal residence based solely on their looks.
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