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Tello 1 Nancy Tello Professor Julie Roberts English 1010 - 5:30 Class December 09, 2010 America needs a comprehensive immigration reform not the Senate Bill 1070 Immigration is quickly becoming one of the most controversial topics over the last few years. Its development has produced an array of emotions and much division between Americans. Currently, many states are insisting on setting their own laws on immigration due to the lack of enforcement through the federal government. The state of Arizona is one of the first states to approach this matter by proposing the Senate Bill 1070. It requires all people living in the state of Arizona to be of legal status, or they will be punished for violating the law and committing a state crime. In addition, it allows state officers to inquire about the legal status of a person if there is suspicion that they are in the country illegally. Instead of promoting state laws such as the Senate Bill 1070, a comprehensive immigration reform needs to be created and enforced. Illegal immigrants who work, pay taxes, and are contributing members to society shouldn‟t be punished, but should be able to reside in the United States legally. On the contrary, those who are in the country illegally and are involved in disruptive behaviors such as drug cartels, gangs and commit crimes must be penalized according to the law. Recently, the Obama administration served the state of Arizona with a lawsuit in regards to the Senate Bill 1070. This states that immigration is an internal federal affair and states should not be involved in dictating laws on such an issue. Tello 2 The administration also commented that the Senate Bill 1070 gives way for racial profiling and discrimination. Although an amnesty hasn‟t been proposed yet by the Obama administration, they have reiterated the importance of securing the borders and businesses being held accountable for exploiting illegal workers. Furthermore, they have suggested that illegal immigrants should take accountability by acknowledging that they have broken the law. Also, illegal immigrants should declare their taxes and also pay a fine for entering the country illegally. In addition, the administration proposed that illegal immigrants must learn English in order to obtain citizenship in the United States (Organizing for America). United States Flag. Zeducorp. Web. 2008 Tello 3 The Obama administration claims that they are still trying to create an immigration reform. But stalls such as these are what bring states to consider the alternatives such as the Senate Bill 1070, also known as attrition through enforcement. According to the Chicago Tribune, there are about 11 million people living illegally in the United States. These people live off of minimum wages and aren‟t offered any types of benefits whatsoever. For years on end, these people have helped build the economy with their labor. They have provided America with a variety of multi-cultural facets. Most of these people are here to provide a better means for their family and aren‟t “drug mules” as Arizona Governor Jan Brewer would like Americans to believe. If the Senate Bill 1070 was to be approved, these families would have to return to their native countries. Many of them would travel back with their American children. Families would be divided, and it would influence stricter laws to come into effect. Some Arizona legislators have even proposed a law to deny American birth certificates to the children of illegal immigrants born in the United States. The Justice Department says a law like this would contradict the Constitution. As the 14th Amendment in the Constitution states, “[All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States…]” There have also been many public protests held by human rights activist leaders to make the public conscious of the problems these families are now facing. Consequently, these rallies are also made to address the unfair laws like the 1070 Senate Bill. Tello 4 One of the first marches took place on May 01, 2006. It was a nation-wide march; nearly more than 1 million people were present. These were held in several of the largest cities in the United States, varying from Los Angeles to Chicago and from New York to Florida. Since then, every year there have been protests which have been felt around the country. This issue affects the whole nation. Utah is presently taking part in the discussion on immigration. Many of its lawmakers want to crack- down on illegal immigration. There is also a proposition for a law similar to Arizona‟s, the SB 81. This law would allow officers to question and ask for proper identification of a person‟s legal status. The Salt Lake Police Department is against implementing such a law. The Chief of the Salt Lake Police Department Chris Burbank is troubled by SB 81 because he believes that many people will opt out of seeking help from fear of deportation. He also commented, “When you start wondering into the area that law enforcement should take bias, racially motivated enforcement actions, there are 10 other places in the law that we shouldn‟t do that. This one contradicts that. That‟s not right.” Recently, religious churches in Utah have made several publications regarding immigration. One of the most prominent entities in Utah is the LDS church or Latter Day Saints. They gave out a communication addressing immigration. They ask for the Federal Government to partake in an adequate solution and to do so with compassion. The Church also added, “We follow Jesus Christ by loving our neighbors. The Savior taught that the meaning of „neighbor‟ includes all of God‟s children, in all places, at all times” (LDS Church issues strong statement on immigration). Tello 5 The battling issue on immigration is controversial. However, there must be involvement from the Federal Government in order to create and enforce a suitable comprehensive immigration reform. One that will value what immigrants have done for this country and at the same time exclude those who aren‟t respecting the morals this country was founded on. Constitution Preamble People. Adan News. Web. 2010 Tello 6 Works Cited Nowicki, Dan and Gonzalez, Daniel. “Arizona immigration law exodus pushing problem to other states”. AZ Central. Web. 2010 Vanocur, Chris. “LDS Church issues strong statement on immigration”. Newport Television.Web. 2010 “Obama vs. Arizona”. Chicago Tribune. Web. 2010 Organizing for America. “ Immigration Reform”. Barack Obama. Web. 2008 Piatt, Richard. “Utah politicians explore federal immigration action”. KSL. Web. 17 Aug. 2010. Adams, Andrew, et al. “SLPD has issues with SB 81; a sponsor of bill wants retribution”.KSL. Web. 08 Apr. 2009.