Immigration Law Faces Court Fight; Arizona Statute Curbs Benefits for Illegal Aliens

The Washington Times (Washington, DC), November 22, 2004 | Go to article overview
Save to active project

Immigration Law Faces Court Fight; Arizona Statute Curbs Benefits for Illegal Aliens


Byline: Jerry Seper, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

An immigration initiative approved in Arizona that sets voting and public benefit standards no other state has yet adopted is expected to be vigorously challenged by civil rights groups and Hispanic advocacy organizations after the law is certified today by the Arizona Secretary of State's Office.

Proponents have promised an equal fight to ensure that the will of the voters is upheld.

Drafted last year by a coalition known as Protect Arizona Now, Proposition 200 - which was approved Nov. 2 with 56 percent of the vote - was billed as a way to bypass state lawmakers to put a measure on the ballot to prevent fraud among voters and in state and local public-benefit programs.

The initiative makes four key statutory changes in Arizona law, including proof of citizenship to register to vote, proof of identity to vote, verification of identity and eligibility to receive public benefits, and the mandatory reporting of illegal aliens to federal immigration officials.

A number of organizations, including the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), which successfully sought the striking down of a similar California initiative in 1994 known as Proposition 187, have organized legal teams to fight the Arizona initiative in court.

Hector O. Villagra, regional counsel for MALDEF, urged Arizona residents to "remain calm and continue to access all government benefits and services as normal" while the organization researched the "legality of Proposition 200" and studied potential legal challenges "to prevent it from ever taking effect."

Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano, an early critic of Proposition 200, is expected to sign a proclamation declaring the new law in effect "within a week or two" after a canvass of the Nov. 2 election results tomorrow. She told reporters last week that despite her opposition, she was "bowing to the will of the people.

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
Loading One moment ...
Project items
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited article

Immigration Law Faces Court Fight; Arizona Statute Curbs Benefits for Illegal Aliens
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.

Are you sure you want to delete this highlight?