"According to Fox News, The Rasmussen Reports poll found 70 percent of likely voters in Arizona back the bill, which cleared the state Legislature this week and awaits the governor's signature, despite concerns about potential civil rights violations.
The Arizona bill would create a new misdemeanor crime for failing to have an alien registration document; allow officers to arrest anyone unable to show documents proving their legal residence in the country; and allow people to sue over claims that a government agency is hindering immigration enforcement.
The Rasmussen poll reflected bipartisan support for the bill in Arizona. Eighty-four percent of Republicans support it -- but so do 51 percent of Democrats. Forty-three percent of Democrats oppose it. "
Cardinal Mahoney Stated:
“The Arizona legislature just passed the country's most retrogressive, mean-spirited, and useless anti-immigrant law [SB 1070, awaiting the expected signature of Gov. Jan Brewer],” Cardinal Mahony wrote on April 18. “The tragedy of the law is its totally flawed reasoning: that immigrants come to our country to rob, plunder, and consume public resources.”
“The law is wrongly assuming that Arizona residents, including local law enforcement personnel, will now shift their total attention to guessing which Latino-looking or foreign-looking person may or may not have proper documents,” he added. “I can't imagine Arizonans now reverting to German Nazi and Russian Communist techniques whereby people are required to turn one another in to the authorities on any suspicion of documentation.”
Although the measure would require police to ask for documents if there is a “reasonable suspicion” that a person is an illegal immigrant, The Los Angeles Timesnoted that the bill “would not require people to report suspected illegal immigrants to authorities, as [Cardinal] Mahony intimated.”
Does Cardinal Mahony realize that a sovereign has a right to protect its citizens? And, that a sovereign has a right to enforce laws? Does he realize that violence has increased over the years and that a large portion of the increase in violence has been committed by illegals who have crossed the border? What happened to Mexico's and other Central or South American countries obligation to make sure that their citizens have food, water and shelter? Why hasn't he called those leaders out and demanded acts of social justice from their leaders and communities? I think it is just and proper to help these illegal immigrants in their own countries, but not in the U.S.A. Thank God he is retiring soon and a better and more traditional Catholic leader, Archbishop Jose Gomez, is taking over the reigns in L.A.