Council Members Introduce Resolution Asking Supreme Court to Block Arizona Immigration Law

 Council Members Introduce Resolution Asking Supreme Court to Block Arizona Immigration Law
Christine Quinn

Several New York City Council members want to wade into the battle over Arizona’s controversial illegal immigration law, SB1070. Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Councilmen Ydanis Rodriguez and Daniel Dromm plan to introduce a bill today urging the Supreme Court to uphold a federal injunction against the law. SB1070, which was originally signed into law by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer in April 2010, mandates immigrants in Arizona to carry their federal registration documents at all times and requires police officers to detain those they suspect are here without authorization and verify their immigration status “when practicable.” Three months after SB1070 was passed, the Department of Justice successfully sued in federal court to stop enforcement of the law before it took effect. Arizona appealed the injunction, and on December 12, the Supreme Court announced it would hear the case.

“New York is a town founded by immigrants, built by immigrants and today nearly 40% of our population are immigrants,” Councilman Rodriguez said in a statement announcing the bill. “So when we in the Council see other parts of the country stripping immigrants of their rights, there is no question that we have to act. As the Supreme Court gets ready to decide on the Justice Deparment’s challenge to SB1070, we want them to know that New York City stands with the immigrants of Arizona in saying that this law has got to go.”

Councilman Dromm said the solution to the illegal immigration in this country is “comprehensive” reform rather than “the passage of draconian laws like SB1070. ”

“I am proud to join my colleagues in the City Council in supporting the lawsuit against Arizona’s blatantly unconstitutional anti-immigrant law popularly known as SB.1070,” Councilman Dromm said. “By filing an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court, New York City will add its voice to the chorus of municipalities across the country that recognize that such local usurpation of federal immigration authority is bad policy. Pitting local law enforcement against the immigrant communities they are sworn to protect endangers all of us.”

In May 2010, the Los Angeles City Council took drastic action against SB1070 by voting to ban most official city travel to Arizona and future contracts with companies based in the state. Protests against sb1070 have been held around the country and Al Sharpton has called for a boycott of the entire state.


3 thoughts on “Council Members Introduce Resolution Asking Supreme Court to Block Arizona Immigration Law

  1. LEGAL IMMIGRATION—NOT—illegal immigrants?
    There is a massive difference.

    Now that we have the results from the
    Iowa Caucuses, we must carefully peruse the issues as seen by the candidates
    and the ever present innocuous problem of the illegal alien occupation.


    Mitt Romney during a campaign stop in
    Iowa on New Year’s Eve, the former governor stated that he would veto the
    so-called DREAM Act if he was president. And as governor of Massachusetts,
    Romney allowed state troopers to be deputized to help with the enforcement of
    immigration laws. He also opposed attempts to allow illegal aliens to pay the
    lower in-state tuition rates at state universities. Although he opposes the
    DREAM Act, Romney seems open to grant legal residency status to those who serve
    in the U.S. military.


    Rick Santorum throughout
    his time as senator, Santorum consistently opposed bills that would grant
    amnesty or other legalization benefits for illegal aliens. He voted against a
    bill that would have produced a guest worker program with a path to US
    citizenship for certain illegal aliens. In addition he voted in opposition to a
    bill that would allow certain illegal aliens to participate in social security
    system. Rick Santorum also voted in support of constructing a fence along our
    Southern border and doesn’t believe in amnesty, although he opposes deporting the
    millions of illegal aliens already residing in the U.S.


    Ron Paul has a similar attitude towards
    illegal immigration, that he opposes Amnesty, but does not support deporting
    the estimated 20 million plus illegal aliens currently squatting in the U.S. Paul
    introduced a bill that would amend the 14th Amendment to the Constitution so
    that children born to non-citizens within the U.S. could not attain automatic


    Rep. Michele Bachmann, has the best stance
    on illegal immigration, but sadly she has stepped down as a presidential
    candidate. Although Bachman has left the race, she will still carry the banner
    of the TEA PARTY.  As Senators and House
    members are regurgitated so to speak for reelection. We must insist that they
    will follow the laws passed down to us by our founding fathers? Not the
    Socialist movement by President Obama and his rat patrol, assaulting the
    sovereign rights of individual states. Every politician should promise to
    uphold the U.S. Constitution, which is the promise to tens of millions of TEA
    PARTY members of freedom and liberty. To restrain a government out of control
    and shrink it; to rewrite the antique current tax code and replacing it with a
    fair and equitable tax for all and no special advantages for those in power; open
    up our abundant oil deposits and tell the environmentalists, ‘to put a sock in


    Former Speaker Newt Gingrich surprised
    his audience at a town hall meeting in Naples, Florida in November. He said, “I
    am not for a path to citizenship for anybody who got here illegally… But I am
    for a path to legality for those people whose ties run so deeply in America
    that it would truly be a tragedy to try and rip their family apart.” But Rick Perry, the Texas governor
    has not only granted illegal aliens to pay the lower, in-state tuition at state
    colleges and universities, he also proposed legislation that allows them to
    receive tax-payer supported state education grants. In August the Obama
    administration began a new policy that subject to the illegal alien
    apprehended, only those with severe criminal records would be deported. Perry
    at a campaign stop in New Hampshire told the crowd that under his
    administration, “I call this a horrific policy, but the Obama administration
    has a catch and release policy where non-violent illegal aliens are released
    into the general public today. My policy will be to detain and to deport every
    illegal alien that we apprehend. That is how we stop that issue.”


    Just in California, L.A. County
    Supervisor Mike Antonovich States the illegal alien cost is $550 million for
    public safety and nearly $500 million for healthcare, the total cost for
    illegal immigrants to just Los Angeles County taxpayers exceeds $1.6 billion
    dollars a year. These costs do not include the hundreds of millions of dollars
    for schools.


    Notably is the Liberal press using a
    different stance to promote the millions of illegal migrants and immigrants
    already here–saying that it’s good for the economy or asserting these people
    pay taxes.  Yes many do, but they are using either stolen
    Social Security numbers from innocent citizens, or an IRS number known as an
    ITIN number. A substantial motivation is they have no alternative, if they want
    to get a payroll job? Then according to the ‘Heritage Foundation’ the amount of
    $113 Billion dollars goes to supplementing illegal aliens by hard-pressed
    taxpayers and every year that amount is rising. The liberal Progressives are
    also pushing the environmental position, elaborating the issue for no fencing,
    because it was detrimental to wild life. Of course nothing is said about the crisis
    situation for ranch owners, who live in fear from the criminals and illegal
    aliens passing through their land. These parties burglarize their homes,
    cutting fences and committing other crimes in the four Border States. Equally unappetizing
    is the mounds of human garbage left in the border regions,  with animals caught up in the tangle of
    plastic bottle holders or other trash.


     As released by the IRS, illegal
    immigrants are returned 4.5 Billion in child/parent tax credits on fraudulent
    documentation. Little known to most readers is that these foreign invaders send
    out of the country annually to foreign banks, between 40-46 billion dollars.
    Yes! They do pay taxes, but it hardly has any impact on the money that is
    extorted from federal and state taxpayers for children of illegal aliens and
    drains state treasuries, without compensation. Money going to educate, the
    massive health care deficit and an overpopulated prison system filled with drug
    dealers, killers, molesters, pedophiles and a growing proportion of hit and run
    propagation of drunken drivers; those that are caught.


    The Tea Party doesn’t discriminate against any nationality
    or race, this is an offensive plan by the Democrats to undermine
    the alternative party who are strictly against illegal immigration, but
    openly welcomes those who patiently legally wait their turn, in becoming part
    of the opportunity that is America.




     If Obama remains
    president and reigns supreme for another term, he will rescind the immigration
    laws that make us safe from drug dealers, drunken hit & run drivers and a
    whole mess of criminals reaching American soil.  The Obama mob led by Eric Holder, Morton,
    Pelosi and Napolitano have divided American society after not only suing
    starting with Arizona, but have committed their Liberal agenda of using their
    mismanaged force to go after Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa county whose duty
    is to enforce his state law. Obama is complicit in not enforcing immigration
    laws and now suddenly become slack in deporting nationals. Demand your
    politician’s co-sponsor the ‘Legal Workforce Bill, known statewide, Mandatory E-Verify.
    Stop the occupation of our country from other nations, before it’s too late.
    You can by calling your Senator and Congress person in Congress at


    Our countries laws are being undermined and our sovereignty
    trashed by Obama’s mules in the Department of IN-Justice. Join a constitutional-oriented
    TEA PARTY near you. Make sure Obama becomes a one term president, before his
    Liberal henchman erodes away the US Constitution. Join the non-profit
    pro-sovereignty organization. NUMBERSUSA. Be on your guard as illegal aliens
    have vote and will again in 2012, unless we institute that every voter posses
    picture ID–which can be authenticated. After the true double fence is built
    along the border, then at such times a uniform ‘Guest Worker’ program can be
    enacted by Congress. The TEA PARTY believes in an immigration ‘Point System’
    like Europe, Australia and New Zealand, that welcomes highly skilled workers with
    exception background in Engineering, the Sciences and Mathematics. We must be
    more selective and enforce the laws as legislated in the 1986 Simpson/Mazzoli bill.



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