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State representative proposes Arizona-style immigration bill (UPDATE)

Jose Gonzalez of El Paso, Texas, protests House Bill 12 outside the Capitol on Monday in Austin. (AP Photo/Harry Cabluck)

Jose Gonzalez of El Paso, Texas, protests House Bill 12 outside the Capitol on Monday in Austin. Wis. state Rep. Rep. Don Pridemore of Hartford is introducing similar legislation here. (AP Photo/Harry Cabluck)

Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A bill mirroring some of the tough enforcement measures of Arizona’s controversial immigration bill was introduced Tuesday by a state Republican legislator in Wisconsin.

The legislation introduced by Rep. Don Pridemore of Hartford would force local law enforcement to ask those stopped for civil or criminal violations for proof of citizenship or legal immigration status. If the person fails to provide any such identification, they can be detained for up to 48 hours until they provide proof that they are in the country legally. During that time, local law enforcement can only verify lawful presence with the authorization of federal officials.

If they still can’t prove their legal status, law enforcement must turn the individual over to federal immigration or border patrol agencies.

It also would fine municipalities and counties $500 a day if they refuse to comply with the law. Pridemore said this would attempt to discourage any local officials from creating “sanctuary cities” for those in the country unlawfully.

It was unclear whether the full Legislature would take up the bill.

The bill is a stripped down version of an Arizona law that takes tougher enforcement measures to combat illegal immigration. While the Arizona law also provided sanctions on employers of undocumented workers, Pridemore’s bill has a far more limited scope with milder law enforcement measures.

Pridemore said the bill was written in solidarity with Arizona and that he wants to make sure to dissuade criminals that fled that state in the wake of tougher enforcement from coming to Wisconsin.

“This is an action that should have begun long ago when the federal government and the current administration stopped efforts to secure our borders,” Pridemore said in a statement. “Now that the illegal drug trade and human trafficking have put the lives and property of those along our borders in peril, we must do all we can to dissuade the criminal element from looking at Wisconsin as a safe haven.”

More than half of the states in the union have taken up measures similar to Arizona, but most have failed to muster enough support for passage. Only Utah and Georgia have passed immigration bills similar to the Arizona law.

Wisconsin’s version doesn’t appear to be an urgent issue for state GOP lawmakers either. Andrew Welhouse, a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, said while GOP leadership expects to eventually have a discussion on Pridemore’s bill, there are no plans to move on the bill in the “immediate future.”

Spokesmen for both Gov. Scott Walker and Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald have said they are focused on the budget and job creation for the time being.

Immigrant rights groups emphatically oppose the bill. Joe Shansky, spokesperson for Voces de la Frontera, said the bill is an affront to the state’s immigrant community and is likely unconstitutional. He also said that the bill would lead to the criminalization of innocent people.

“It violates the 14th Amendment because it does encourage racial discrimination against Latinos and anyone who may appear foreign and it clearly encourages them to base their judgment on people’s appearance,” Shanskey said. “It’s going to harm the trust that authorities need to police the communities they serve.”

A federal district court judge struck down parts of Arizona’s law last year and the ninth circuit court of appeals upheld that decision last month. Many states considering similar bills have pared down parts of their bills to avoid similar litigation.

Pridemore said he delayed introduction to revise language in the bill to prohibit any form of racial profiling. The bill makes clear that an officer must have reasonable suspicion that the individual is not in the country legally and that refusal or failure to provide identification would meet that standard. Pridemore said that since officers routinely ask for identification any stops they make, the chance of racial profiling is slim.

“There is nothing in this bill that would allow or encourage a police agency to go out looking for people to arrest,” Pridemore said.

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    Strange that those Georgia farmers are not saying that when an illegal worker falls sick; he transports him/her to the emergency room? This could be the same crisis that would hit Utah, if the Guest Worker program materialized in the Mormon State? That means his liability to the sick/injured Guest Worker is void and becomes the financial burden of the US taxpayer whilst the hospital passes on the fee. Then we have the children of the agricultural workers who taxpayers are forced by the judiciary to support their education. Then under the 14th amendment a female when a baby is born becomes an instant citizen collecting cash payments, food stamps low income housing and free natal care. All this cost is assumed from your taxes and is in the hundreds of billions a year. Outside of farm workers are the economic illegal aliens who come here to have their babies, and place an unimaginable strain on our schooling system. But this is just part of the layers upon layers of foreigners, who are indirectly stealing tax payer’s money.

    Another great fraudulent game is illegal nationals, paying nothing into the tax system, but collecting up to $5,600 dollars per household. More than one in four immigrant households received the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) in 2009—nearly twice the 13.2 percent rate of households headed by Native Americans. And since immigrant households are larger (primarily because of higher fertility rate), their EITC payments are larger than those received by citizens and naturalized citizen households. “The Earned Income Tax Credit and Illegal Immigration: A Study in Fraud, Abuse, and Liberal Activism”, by financial analyst and economist Edwin Rubenstein. This is not a myth, but fact about the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is the largest anti-poverty program in the United States, which is the “most illegal-immigrant friendly,” explains Edwin Rubenstein, author of the new report.”

    In 2007, more than 23 million households received more than $47 billion in the EITC payments.” He Rubenstein said “between one-quarter to one-third of all EITC claims are ‘improperly paid’ according to the General Accounting Office. The EITC – like most of the tax code, operates on the honor system. The U.S. Congress allows and supports one of the most fraudulent taxpayer misuse schemes ever conceived within the Federal Government. It’s time the administration eradicated this program, allowing millions of aliens who to entered American soil, while draining billions out of the United States Treasury. Tax relief” goes to people who never paid a cent in taxes, and may have already defrauded the government of huge sums each year. Bring this abuse to the attention of your Federal, State politicians about this fraud which illegal aliens are stealing from you. Expenditures of more than $55 billion per year, is a combination of EITC spending that is associated with traditional welfare programs.

    I watched a meeting of the Cato Institute on C-Span, which slurred Bloggers like me, saying that illegal workers were an economical benefit to America? Frank Sherry should be asked about Earned Income tax credit and try to deny it? No person, celebrity or anyone else has a right to complain, as we have more legal immigration than any other part of the world, that includes seven secret amnesties since the 1986 (ICRA.) As for illegal aliens, that if the aroused TEA PARTY has anything to do with it, no Amnesty will ever be passed. All we are doing now is importing more poverty for taxpayers to contend with?

    The border remains open for more criminals to cross over, as areas around lakes in Texas, places along the Rio Grande, where there are examination foot traffic bridges that still is unsecured. Hundreds of miles are still simple barbed wire fences fallen into disrepair and keeps no marauder of our sovereign land? If Congress intended to stop these invaders, they would not only have made it a–FELONY– to enter; same as Mexico, but would have constructed the double-fence as enacted in the 2006 Secure Fence Act. It would have restricted the endless criminals, as it would have been adorned with razor wire. EVEN THE SINGLE LINE FENCE IS NOT COMPLETED FOR THE SEVEN HUNDRED MILES. ITS ALL ONE BIG SICK JOKE BY BOTH PARTIES, ON THE AMERICAN TAXPAYERS?

    The Liberal wing of Democrats are trying to drive a wedge between Hispanics and the General population, But the plain fact is that there are millions of legalized and multi-generations of Hispanic citizens, who wish to disassociate themselves from South of the border. Equally abhorrent are overstays recognized to be 40 percent of the illegal occupation. If Mexico and other countries has a way of tracking arrivals through ports of entry, by plane, ship or even over the Canadian border, why is this not implemented by Homeland Security and ICE? Hispanic and honest legalized immigrants are cordially welcome to join the TEA PARTY.

    It’s more important than ever to join the PEOPLES party, the TEA PARTY. The Tea Party is for all legal Americans, naturalized citizens and those holding green cards. Offend or please! Americans must dissolve the power mongers influence and open border nuts in Washington. The monolithic Tea Party will vote them out in the next election, or we will continue the US path of financial disintegration. This un-American movement will not be tolerated, and should never be ratified without a national referendum. Our country is a nation of laws, especially when it comes to integration of other countries. Currently the Democrats desire to force on—ALL—the American peoples a new Amnesty, cloaked in Immigration Reform. Indirectly the Dream Act would have the same purpose, allowing these Students to sponsor family members. Chain Migration is already accelerating and costing Americans billions of dollars a year. Sanctuary states are another enigma, which is about sheltering foreign nationals which is California’s and Nevada’s cross to bare.

    America has plunged into a 14.5 Trillion dollar deficit and is seemingly on the edge of a devastating future, unless we start not only combating illegal immigration that we can no longer subsidize or we become a peons of China and other countries that own our debt. We have little we can do about the illegal immigration until the US government honors its commitment to defend our borders. Congress must implement E-Verify as a mandated business policing problem. And every individual who is arrested must be fingerprinted according to the”Secure Communities” program and forwarded to ICE.

    It’s regrettable we don’t follow the same laws as countries in Europe, which is using a “Points-System” for legal immigration. Offering entry visas to the extremely skilled people with profession knowledge in their specialized occupation, as they will not end up in the welfare offices? Many of these people live under primitive circumstances, so saving their wages; sending according to a banking report 46 billion dollars out of America. Every day, the US grows inferior because our senators and congressmen, and corporations, are aiding and abetting, encouraging illegal alien migration into our country. A recent statistic by Visa banking card confirmed wire transfers to Mexico last year reached $40 billion, to South America 25 billion and the Orient 15 Billion dollars in wire transfers.

    The 1986 Amnesty cost taxpayers 76 billion dollars. A new immigration reorganization package will outlay an astronomical figure, which comes out your pockets. Even scarier is supporting the illegal alien household that has already settled here? Some say 12 million, but most non-profit sovereignty groups say it’s over 20 million and counting? Can we afford subsidizing the farming community anymore, as they pay nothing in benefits and small living wage? No health care and we pay their children’s schooling. Temporary Guest Worker programs are rampant with deceit, as all special visas for hires. It unquestionably makes no logical sense when 15 million Americans cannot find a job? We just cannot be the emergency room care or education privileges for the rest of humankind, anymore. Another major issue is foreigners voting in only-for-citizens election. This is no longer an isolated issue and States nationwide, need to enact stringent rules that includes showing picture ID to prove they are legally able to vote? Join the Tea Party and also ply your representatives in Washington, State or even local level for answers?

    Contact them at Senate—202-224–3121/ House—202-225–3121.

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