Arizona Immigration Debate Continues

There’s a new plan coming out of the state of Arizona that calls for the legalization of 11 million undocumented immigrants. Earlier this month, the Real Arizona Coalition released S.A.N.E., and it stands for the following four points:

1. Security increases on the border.
2. Account for unauthorized immigrants here through earned legalization.
3. Necessary increases in lawful immigration and work visas.
4. Employment sanctions and other reforms.

The group of supporters is composed of businesspeople, politicians, DREAMers and community leaders who are seeking to influence immigration policy. Arizona has always been at the forefront of the immigration debate, so it isn’t farfetched for them to believe that they can get national attention.

If you think about the politicians that have had played a big role on immigration in the last few years, you’ll realize many are from Arizona.

• There is Arizona Representative Jeff Flake-R and Senator John McCain-R, who have been working on immigration reform proposals since even before Arizona’s controversial and influential SB 1070 law.
• There is Arizona Senator John Kyl-R, who last month announced the introduction of the Achieve Act.
• And let’s not forget the attention former Arizona governor and now secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano-D, current governor Jan Brewer-R and Sheriff Joe Arpaio have gotten over their immigration stances.

Everything is pointing to immigration reform in 2013.  It will be interesting to see how SB 1070 and the Show-Me-Your-Papers provision will be addressed in Arizona.