In the wake of the Russell Pearce recall election and general voter apathy with local and national elected officials in Arizona the Obama campaign has indicated that it will be competitive in the state from now until the 2012 presidential election. A New York Times editorial tabulates the economic and moral price of Alabama’s anti-immigrant law. Finally an NPR piece takes a hard look at the national cost of the patchwork of state passed immigration laws.
Obama to Vie for Arizona as Latino Numbers Rise Given overall voter dissatisfaction with the local Arizona state legislature and an even lower approval of its national elected officials the Obama campaign is betting it can make electoral in roads in a traditionally red state. “The Obama campaign, which is counting on Hispanic voters to help carry friendlier territory like Colorado and Nevada, has opened offices in Phoenix, Tucson and Flagstaff in a play for Arizona, and it has helped recruit a Hispanic candidate for Senate. Activists are already mobilizing to generate turnout by emphasizing the president’s efforts on behalf of Hispanics, in contrast to the anti-immigration efforts of state Republicans.”
The Price of Intolerance A New York Times editorial highlights the cost of Alabama’s “intolerant” immigration law: “A growing number of Alabamians say the price will be too high, and there is compelling evidence that they are right. Alabama is already at the low end of states in employment and economic vitality. It has long struggled to lure good jobs and shed a history of racial intolerance. That was turning around and many foreign manufacturers, including Mercedes-Benz, Hyundai and Honda, have set up there. Its business-friendly reputation took a serious blow with the arrest in Tuscaloosa of a visiting Mercedes manager who was caught driving without his license and taken to jail as a potential illegal immigrant.”
Have The Crackdowns On Immigration Gone Too Far? An NPR report examines the national ramifications of state passed immigration laws “The architect of Arizona’s controversial immigration law has been voted out of office. That law and similar statutes are undergoing difficult court challenges. And the strictest law, in Alabama, has ignited a withering backlash expected to force major changes. Have the crackdowns on illegal immigration finally gone too far? “If you asked me this question about a year ago, I would tell you we were on the cusp of seeing more anti-immigration legislation,” says immigration analyst Muzaffar Chishti of the Migration Policy Institute. “Now, what’s happening is very interesting. I think there is evidence of overreach and some sobering reassessments of ‘Is this the right thing to do?’ ”