Welcome to Mooers Immigration and the kick-off of our new website. I hope that you find the MI website as a source of information about our firm as well as the current state of immigration law and policy.
All of us at MI love what we do. Each day we help our clients succeed, and help individuals achieve their American dreams. I can’t think of a better way to spend each day.
Two new features of the Mooers Immigration website are designed to help our clients and friends stay up with the current state of immigration law and the immigration reform debate. Since immigration law and policy is more complicated than any other subject, we cannot highlight everything. Our goal is to post matters that will give you some food for thought.
One thing is for sure: Immigration is in the news today more than ever. And its impact can be felt far and wide.
One example is the recent decision by the State of Arizona to make immigration violations a crime, the first law of its kind in our Nation’s history. Under the Arizona law, all state officials (not just the police) must take action against anyone they “reasonably suspect” of being in the US without authorization. When stopped, the accused individual must produce documentation demonstrating that he or she is legally in the US. The statute authorizes private citizens to take legal action against those state officials who refuse to enforce the law.
The Arizona law has produced an understandable uproar around the country. Sports have been a particular focus, with stories of organizations calling for boycotts of Arizona:
Proponents of the Arizona statute say that the law merely reflects the frustration felt by a growing number of Americans about our country’s broken immigration system. Opponents believe that the law instead reveals a darker side of anti-immigrant hysteria. The courts will decide whether the law is constitutional, and other conservative states are likely to try to pass similar anti-immigrant legislation.
Stay tuned. The fireworks are just beginning.