Arizona’s immigration laws sparked international controversy by requiring police to collect proof of citizenship from suspected undocumented immigrants. The state lost convention business and sports organizers pulled events to protest what many believe is a policy that will lead to racial profiling.
Arizona faced backlash, for sure, but displeasure with national immigration reform appears widespread, too. Washington says immigration should be handled at the federal and not the state level. Critics say that the federal government isn’t moving fast enough on the issue. Two weeks ago, Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) introduced The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2010. The bill “proposes to reform border, interior, and worksite enforcement policy, and includes a legalization program with mechanisms to account for future immigration flows.”
Are your candidates talking about immigration reform? Will the immigration debate influence your midterm election vote? Or, is the immigration issue just too big to tackle? Speak out here.