Obama on immigration: We can’t ‘demagogue’ the issue

Posted: August 1, 2010 in Arizona, Immigration in the United States
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By Elise Viebeck 08/01/10 12:24 PM ET

In a CBS interview broadcast Sunday, President Obama slammed approaches to immigration reform he said “demagogue” a “national problem.”

He also defended progress in the administration’s suit against Arizona’s SB 1070 immigration law — an action that states that the controversial measure flouts the federal government’s imperative under the ‘supremacy’ clause of the constitution.

SB 1070 in its full implementation would require police to verify the citizenship of individuals they encouter if they have a “reasonable suspicion” that one is an illegal immigrant. It would also make it a crime for illegal immigrants to seek work in the state.

“What we can’t do is allow a patchwork of 50 different states, or cities or localities, where anybody wants to make a name for themselves suddenly says, ‘I’m going to be anti-immigrant, and I’m going to try to see if I can solve the problem ourself.'”

A CNN/Opinion Research poll released Wednesday revealed that 55 percent of Americans support SB 1070. 54 percent say it will lead to discrimination of Latino Americans.

Another recent poll, limited to Arizona, shows that 65 percent support the law, while 27 percent don’t.

via Obama on immigration: We can’t ‘demagogue’ the issue – The Hill’s Blog Briefing Room.

It comes as no surprise that the people who feel somewhat responsible for the bill would ultimately feel pressured to back it… even if it meant the end of the Arizona economy.  Go Obama on finally coming out and saying something about this issue… I was getting scared that you were backing off or something.

I can’t believe that a state would make it a crime for someone to go out and find a job.  Trust me, I know that this is old news, but it’s like.. c’mon!  What else do you want these people to do?  We need a reformation of our ideas about this and we need to see a revolution, basically, happening from the people who really do support immigration reformation.


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