The latest state is Ohio to be added to a growing list of states that will be using Arizona's immigration law as a prototype in writing up their own laws to protect their states from the ever growing threat of illegal immigration.
Arizona's anti-illegal immigration law is being discussed by Greater Cincinnati officials who want a similar law in Ohio.
Ohio is not alone in looking into anti-illegal immigration bills as they are among 12 to 17 states considering using the Arizona law as a prototype because they believe the federal government has failed to act in the past and it is now up to the states to protect themselves from being a haven for illegals coming across the Mexican border.
According to an article in The Sunday Enquirer on June 6, 2010, Butler County Sheriff Rick Jones and Republican State Rep. Courtney Combs of Ross Township traveled to Arizona to learn more about the anti-illegal immigration law, SB1070, and want to enact a similar bill giving police agencies similar power as that of federal agents to stop and detain suspected illegal immigrants.
These states will be watching the DOJ lawsuit against Arizona carefully as to what to include and what to avoid in creating their own laws on preventing illegal immigration and enforcing laws to address the illegal immigration problem.
Other states considering, proposing or discussing Arizona style immigration laws include but are not limited to;
Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska (Town) North Carolina, Oklahoma, Rhode Island (RI already enforces federal law and checks immigration status on people detained for any legal reason), Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, and Utah.
The list continues to grow.
(If readers have addition links to more states considering, proposing or discussing a similar law, leave them in the comment section and I will update the list with a link.)
Senators Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina) and David Vitter (R-Louisiana), have introduced the DeMint-Vitter senate amendment that would block funding of the Obama administration lawsuit against the Arizona immigration law, via Phoenix Examiner.
In a press release posted on his senate web page DeMint stated:
“The federal government is rewarding illegal behavior and encouraging many more to enter our nation illegally when they refuse to enforce our laws. States along the border are facing kidnapings, drug trafficking, human trafficking and gang violence and they have a duty to keep their residents safe. Instead of suing states for doing his job, the President should get serious and stop holding border security hostage to pass amnesty and score points with his liberal base.”With 50 percent of Americans opposed to Obama's lawsuit against Arizona and only 33 percent in favor, forcing Democratic politicians to vote against the DeMint-Vitter senate amendment will publicly highlight their disregard for the constituents they are sworn to represent.
Senator Vitter commented by saying: “The state of Arizona is simply taking responsibility for a problem that the federal government has neglected for years, but Washington’s only response is to oppose these new enforcement efforts and take them to court. The Obama administration should not use taxpayers’ money to pay for these lawsuits that the American people overwhelmingly oppose.”
[Update] Ran across this while hunting photos. Hispanic-Americans.com
Key quote- "As a Hispanic, as a Mexican-American and as an immigrant, I am not alone in saying that I support Arizona.I think Arizona did the right thing."--- Bert Hernandez, vice president of the Hispanic Republican Club of McLennan County.