Saturday, June 15, 2024

Partisan Group Claims Credit for Propelling States Considering Anti-immigration Laws

The group Americans for Legal Immigration political action committee (ALIPAC) claimed part of the credit today for the 22 states considering Arizona-like laws in their states.

“Our ALIPAC activists have been working hard contacting state lawmakers in every state in America asking them to stand up with Arizona,” said William Gheen, President of ALIPAC. “We are very pleased to announce that 22 states are now following Arizona’s lead to pass versions of a law that has the support of 60-81% percent of Americans according to the polls.”

The group says its focus is on fighting amnesty and illegal immigration and while it claims to be non-partisan, its endorsement record proves otherwise.  Only five out of 102 endorsements are Democrats.  It has also endorsed J.D. Hayworth over Sen. John McCain in the Arizona Republican primary.  McCain called on Hayworth to disavow the group after offensive anti-immigrant language appeared on their site.

ALIPAC says Arizona is under “intensive attacks from the nation of Mexico and the Obama administration.”  Their strategy is to help defend the border state by spreading the law to other states to illustrate the popularity and wisdom of the legislation.

A judge last month blocked parts of the controversial law which would require law enforcement officials to question a person’s legal status under “reasonable suspicion.”

“We will not stop until all American States are protected from this invasion as mandated by the Constitution of the United States,” said Gheen.

According to ALIPAC records the states with lawmakers pursuing versions of SB 1070 include Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah.

Washington Independent