Immigration Bill Likely Dead After Emotional Senate Debate

May 4, 2011 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: WCTV Tallahassee

The Senate's rejection of a tougher House immigration proposal likely dooms the measure for the year , the House sponsor said Tuesday, with lawmakers unable to agree on an issue that split the Republican Party like few others.

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US Citizen

Seattle, WA

#1 May 4, 2011
Emotions win over law everytime. That and corruption.

“A Nation of Legal Immigrants”

Since: Nov 07

Lake City Florida,/ Nebraska

#2 May 5, 2011
The Bail Reform Act of 1984 created a powerful detention provision that authorizes a state of local police officer to arrest any alien other than a legal permanent resident for a federal “offense,” and to request a local magistrate to temporarily detain the alien for up to ten days without bail while awaiting transfer into federal custody, so long as the alien is found to be a “flight risk” or danger to any other person or the community.”

The authority to make arrest for federal offenses under 18 U.S.C. 3041 extends to state and local law enforcement officers.(U.S. v Bowdach, 561 F.2d 1160, 1168 (5th Cir. 1977) An illegal alien is an inherent flight risk.

Supreme Court Ruling Razes Artificial Fire Wall Between Local Law Enforcement and Immigration Enforcement (Muehler v. Mena) 9-0 Landmark Decision (Washington D.C.—April 1, 2005) In its March 22 ruling in the case of Muehler v. Mena, the Supreme Court removed barriers that prevent local law enforcement officers from questioning the immigration status of individuals they suspect to be in the United States illegally. In this groundbreaking decision, the high Court rejected the claim of Ira Mena, a permanent resident of the U.S., that police had violated the Fourth Amendment while conducting a lawful search of her home.

The Fourth Amendment provides protection by establishing that persons be shielded against unreasonable search and seizure. Mena argued that by questioning her, and the illegal alien detainees about their immigration status during a lawful search, officers violated her Fourth Amendment rights. Mena further claimed that questions asked about her citizenship required officers to have had independent reasonable suspicion regarding the unlawfulness of her immigration status.

Calling a decision by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals “faulty,” the Supreme Court held that “mere police questioning [regarding one’s immigration status] does not constitute a seizure.” The Court continued its landmark ruling on this issue by stating that “the officers did not need reasonable suspicion to ask Mena for her name, date of birth, or immigration status.”

“Whatever legal fig leaf many police departments have been using to justify policies of non-cooperation with federal immigration authorities, has been stripped away by this landmark Supreme Court decision,”

“If local police are barred from cooperating with federal authorities in the enforcement of U.S. immigration laws it is purely a political decision on the part of local politicians and police chiefs. There is no legal barrier to local police inquiring about a person’s immigration status and then acting upon the information they gather.”


Arrest of Illegal Aliens by State and Local Officers

Since: Sep 09

Location hidden

#3 May 5, 2011
US Citizen wrote:
Emotions win over law everytime. That and corruption.
Opinions may change 180 degrees when illegals start flooding the sanctuary-we-give-anyone-a-dri vers'-license states,such as WA state,when an ever-increasing number of states pass immigration statutes.When the demand for court/hospital interpretors as well as ESL teachers skyrockets,as well as their bill for taxpayers,people will re-think their 'we welcome everybody!'mindset.We can't take care of our own in this country-we damn sure can't be taking care of immigrants,legal or otherwise.
an american

Tallahassee, FL

#8 May 5, 2011
Something passed. Not exactly what it was but it was watered down. AA

Since: Feb 09

Downtown LA

#10 May 5, 2011
an american wrote:
Something passed. Not exactly what it was but it was watered down. AA
Happy Cinco de Mayo aa LOL!

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