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Stop Rep. Meltzer’s Arizona-style anti-immigration bill in its tracks

June 18, 2010

State Representative Kim Meltzer (R-Clinton Twp.) has stated that she plans to introduce immigration legislation like that recently passed in Arizona.

Just like Arizona’s law, Rep. Meltzer’s bill would require local police to ask for the immigration papers of anyone suspected of being in the U.S. unlawfully.

Not only would such a policy invite and virtually compel racial profiling, it would force police to divert scare resources away from public safety and solving serious crimes.

Sign this petition to send a message to your state representative, state senator and Governor Granholm to urge them to reject any effort to move forward this discriminatory and unfair bill.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Kate Wheeler permalink
    June 18, 2010 6:44 pm

    Thanks so much for posting this, Jeff. It’s important that people try to stop this legislation on the state level, even with the news breaking today that the Feds are going to challenge the Arizona law’s constitutionality. Since state legislations move faster than federal lawsuits, blocking it will avoid having it stand in the state even if it’s for a short time.

    It’s disheartening that a new poll shows a slight majority favoring the AZ law–with mainstream media making the most of this “majority” in headlines such as “Nearly 6 in 10 favor Arizona immigration law.”

    Nearly 6 in 10! What a statement.

    Here’s a link to an update about Clinton’s announcement that there will be a Department of Justice case:
    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20008171-503544.html

  2. robert permalink
    June 18, 2010 8:04 pm

    It is irresponsible of the media to take a poll and then plaster the airways of its finding without first educating the public on the issues.This happened during the summer of 2008 with the offshore drilling issue. The media plastered the airways with a cnn poll that 70% want more offshore drilling. During this news cycle there was no real in depth articles on the dangers of off shore drilling in the main stream media.This irresponsible reporting by the main stream media resulted in Obama doing an about face on the issue to shore up votes.

    In the case of this nearly 6 in 10 poll on immigration I see the same thing happening.The right wingers are trying to push candidates of both parties to the right. Facing up coming elections this november candidates will move to the right on the issue of immigration.

    The drill baby drill crowd is responsiable for spill baby spill mess in the gulf.

    With no immigrants to pick produce, food will end up rotting in the fields.

    Spill baby spill!!! Rot baby rot!!!

  3. June 7, 2011 7:02 am

    Sorry this is one Democrat that believes all of the States in this country need to adapt AZ’s. law.

    I have different opinions on different subject matters. I don’t have tunnel vision or run with the flow. I am fed up with those who stand in front of me at the supermarkets with not just one basket filled to the brim, but two and three. Then out comes the Food Stamp Card.

    I wholeheartedly believe there are illegals on our welfare system. I have worked all my life 7 days a week until 1998. My job bulldozed to the ground and after paying for my own Blue Cross & Blue Shield ( because the job didn’t offer it ) out of my pocket all the years I worked and one year past. I had to let it go, then I got sick. And I mean sick. I have multitudes of medical problems tormenting me 24/7, but because I worked very hard for the savings account I have, The State of Mi. basically say’s go F’ yourself but I’m no millionaire. I cannot afford health ins. anymore.

    In 1999 I paid $279.00 every two months for a basic policy with a $250.00 deductible and 100% in patient hosp.

    Now they want in excess of $500 a month, with $1,500-$2,000 deductibles. And it only pays 70% In-patient coverage. So I sit sick and at times fear I’m going to drop dead.

    People are flooding here from the Middle East not to gain work like my grandparents of the early 1900’s that came to America. But they are coming and all seem to be receiving Welfare. They can see a doctor, I cannot. They get a Food Stamp Card, Medicaid, $$$ for Rent, $$$ for Utilities, etc…

    Are they all U.S. Citizens? I think not. Most can’t even speak English. But they did manage to learn the word WELFARE.

    I learned from working at the race track ( DRC ) all my life that 70% of the Mexicans were illegals. INS did a sweep about 3 times a year and they were running for the rail road tracks behind the track, until one year the INS finally got smart and had people on those tracks.

    Who did their jobs. Us

    American born people or not American born but Legal people.

    So I don’t care about who is going to be profiling who.

    I was born at 14th & W. Grand Blvd. in Detroit, Mi. 1957. And I am not eligible for anything unless I lie and it’s all a bunch of Bull.

    Save the word RACIAL for somebody else. The majority of my friends at times throughout my life are as Black as the ace of spades. Some were closer to me then family members. They all worked 7 days a week as well and like me hated freeloaders.

    For me this subject is about keeping people from gaining welfare. In reality I think there should be a law passed that you have to be an American citizen at least 10 years before you can apply.

    There are people here in Michigan that have Food Stamp & Medicaid cards and also have wallets full of cash. Why Not? They don’t have to pay for anything.

    And that’s the way it is. Bring on AZ law. Doesn’t bother me a bit.

    I hate Republicans and the Tea Party are Republicans.

    This law isn’t about political party. It’s about being legal here and I don’t know what you find offensive about that. The happiest day of both set of my grandparents lives is the day they became American Citizens. They worked not welfared for that honor.

    Italian Ancestry by way of legal immigration. I have a Tee shirt with this on it.
    And I don’t apologize for my opinion.

    And I could tell you the stories my Dad told me of how Italians were treated back when. They survived and it never stopped them from working.

    Enough crying already.

  4. June 7, 2011 12:30 pm

    Longshot, seems kind of odd that you would be responding to a posting that is a year old, especially considering what has happened around this issue.

    First, I don’t want to minimize your own experience, which is not that uncommon for many people. Second, not sure what you are implying when you say you are a Democrat who thinks all the states need to adopt a Arizona style legislation. I personally don’t think most Democrats are any more in favor of social justice than Republicans are. Both parties are beholden to corporate interests, which leads me to a point not raised in the immigration discussion.

    Policies like NAFTA have caused people in the US to lose good paying jobs and forced many Mexicans off their land since the US has been flooding Mexico with cheap subsidized corn making it impossible for small farmers to compete in the market. If we want to minimize the amount of undocumented people from coming to the US from Latin American countries then we have to radically alter the economic policies we have with those countries.

    You say you aren’t happy that people without documentation are able to get welfare. Ok, what are your feelings about corporations like Wal-Mart which receive welfare? It seems that much of the anti-immigration sentiment in the US is either racist or in your case misplaced anger. The immigration issue is a class issue and it will not change unless we come to terms with the economic disparity on both sides of the border and recognize that the blame for poverty lies with corporations and corporate corruption.

  5. June 8, 2011 8:11 am

    In reality never noticed the date of the blog. Just happen to read it because it was tagged with Mi. Legislation and I just wrote one with the same.

    Hell I’m not happy with people who do have documentation collecting welfare. I guess the phrase racial profiling set me off. I don’t give a damn about it because right now there are so many people here in the Dearborn/Detroit area on welfare it makes me sick. Yes I am angry because I sit sick and cannot get any help when there are people who can’t even speak English who haven’t even been in this country long that are doled out everything.

    The Mexicans who worked at the track did not receive welfare. They worked their asses off but then all of us did, Wal-Mart is diverting completely off the subject. Yes we all know the rich corporations get away with murder, the rich in general do. And maybe your right I’m on the wrong blog. My point was I don’t have a problem with law enforcement asking for papers to see if people are here legally. In the early 1900s people who came to America did so by following proper procedures and some how now people don’t think that the same should occur. I disagree.

    I believe in Americans having social justice but today it seems everyone but us has it. There are people who were born here that need help, seems we spend more money supporting the needs of other countries already. Then they come here and get even more. If I get any sicker I may have to go across to Canada and beg them for medical attention before I end up dying. Yet the entire middle east have fled here and have medicaid. They feel they deserve it and when Bush was president that’s when all these people came here. They escaped a war that our troops are dying in and on top of it we take care of their every need here.

    It’s infuriating. I don’t care if they get profiled. Nobody should be here unless they are legal and like I said I don’t believe that people who have just arrived should be able to apply and get instantaneous welfare.

    It should be law that you must be a USA citizen for at least 10 years before you can even apply. Then nobody would want to come here.

    I don’t see the ACLU fighting for my rights. Nobody can solve the Mexican border issue, but I’m tired of hearing phrases of who will pick the fruit. They will find unemployed Americans. Whether anybody like it or not immigration is linked to draining more money out of this country through not paying taxes or getting things illegally. But like you said the blog is over a year old and the Bill never came to Mi. anyway.

    But if anybody is suffering from social injustice right now, it is AMERICANS. In their own country. And the ” Right To Life ” crowd wants to make sure that those who are without health insurance die.

    Hypocrisy at it’s finest

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