As the public votes out those that have harsh views on immigrants and immigration, some state and local officials don’t seem to get this message. Instead they continue to construct and pass anti-immigration bills. (Fortunately some such as Mayor Cresitello, of Morristown, did get the message and anti-immigration rhetoric in Morristown basically came to a hault.) If these local governments want to write new immigration laws maybe they can work towards more positive solutions. Rather than looking for ways to promote the acceptance of migrant people they simply construct bills to drive them out of their communities. Sadly, these laws often work against both legal and undocumented immigrants.
Immigration bill advances
Democrats make changes; Hispanic critics still hope measure dies
By Bill Ruthhart
February 19, 2008
Businesses that knowingly hire undocumented workers would be tried in an administrative rather than a criminal court under one of several changes lawmakers approved to an immigration bill Monday.
The change was among many backed by Democrats, who said they strengthened the bill. But some Republicans argued the legislation had become watered down, with Democrats making mandatory provisions optional.