Russell's Crowning Glory: Pearce Drops Immigration Bill to Find New Ways To Round ’Em Up

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State Sen. Russell Pearce capped this year's bill frenzy by dropping his long-awaited illegal immigration bill yesterday. SB 1611 is pretty much what you'd expect: Throwing illegal immigrants who drive cars in jail. Seizing their vehicles for auction, with proceeds swallowed by the state. Proof of legal residency to register for elementary schools. Eviction from public housing. Shut-down of businesses that don't use E-Verify. No community college or public benefits. No federal regs recognized.

Random Musings rounds it up here. The Arizona Capitol Times has deets here. Howie's story here.

It gets heard in today's Senate Appropriations Committee hearing. The agenda includes the birthright citizenship bills, a bill requiring hospitals to check immigration status before treating patients, a striker calling for drug testing of welfare recipients and the complete elimination of Arizona's participation in the federal Medicaid program. Yes, the complete elimination of federal funding for health care for the destitute. Here's one unintended consequence we can see from that one: The complete collapse of Arizona health-care system. That'll show the feds!

Rhonda talks to Hispanic activists who are making more noise about a boycott. She gets great quote from Sen. Ron Gould:

Republican Sen. Ron Gould of the Lake Havasu area said he wasn’t too concerned about the threat. “I suspect it will work about as well as the last boycott,” he said, adding, “With any luck, we can get Raul Grijalva to endorse it again and then we can go after him next election.”

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