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February 11th, 2009
02:53 PM ET

Revisiting immigration ordinances

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Emily Bazar
USA TODAY

Some states, cities and counties that plunged into the immigration debate are having second thoughts. In Texas, Alabama and elsewhere, lawmakers have repealed or modified measures that cracked down on illegal immigrants or made English the official language. In Iowa and Utah, legislators are proposing similar reversals.

They cite various reasons, including the time and expense of fighting legal challenges, the cost of implementing the measures while tightening their budgets and the barrage of publicity and accusations of racism that come with such laws.

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  1. jim Fallbrook CA

    I though President George W. Bush was neglecting border security. I know our socialist president will open have open borders. He has not given his position on this key issue. The financial crisis gave him a pass in the presidential primaries. If he is going to give the illegal aliens in this country amnesty, he should let illegal immigrants come here from all countries. Within 10 years, our population will be 1 billion!!!!!!

    February 11, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  2. GF, Los Angeles

    $397 billion plus go to illegals for social services since 1996 in this country – $10.5 billion of that here each year alone in CA. $13 billion plus for the cost of educating illegals K-12 since 1996. $1 billion plus for the cost of incarcerated prisoners since 2001. All stats listed come from the immigrationcounters.com site. To see those figures is mindblowing considering we citizens are supporting non-citizens in such a large scope. If illegals were not here, the billions saved would have been placed into the pockets of citizens to spend. The economic crisis we're experiencing wouldn't be so bad. I also must add the billions given to US citizens like the Octomom in social service benefits. The fraud has got to stop – it's literally killing this country.

    February 11, 2009 at 6:42 pm |
  3. Jim,California

    WHAT PART OF ILLEGAL DO YOU NOT UNDERSTAND!!!
    If you are not born in this country,or came here through legal channels you are a CRIMINAL period. maybe we need to be like other countries- see what happens to you if you enter Mexico, Russia ,the Middle east Illegally

    February 11, 2009 at 6:07 pm |
  4. Mike, Syracuse NY

    How can it possibly be racist to insist that people taking US jobs be US citizens? The same people who complain about outsourcing are ignoring the outsourcing happening within our borders. Every employer should be required to register every employee with E-verify. End of problem.

    February 11, 2009 at 5:06 pm |
  5. Mike in NYC

    "...time and expense of fighting legal challenges ... and the barrage of publicity and accusations of racism that come with such laws."

    So open-borders lawyers and the media are two of the biggest obstacles to sensible immigration restrictions. Big surprise there. Now combine those with the virtual absence of federal enforcement, and you can see why the situation has gotten so bad.

    February 11, 2009 at 3:43 pm |
  6. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    There is a right way and a wrong way to enter the United States--choose the right way-–and it will reward you-–choose the wrong way---and pay the price for the choice you make. We are not aggressive enough with the immigration laws--why---because instead of dealing with it when it occurred--we waited until we were saturated with illegal immigrants and it is out of control. If the government can't reslove the problem---issue an executive order to let the citizens solve it--that's barbaric--no- it is common sense since our government want do a (expletive) thing about it.

    February 11, 2009 at 3:09 pm |