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You know early in the program we had our correspondent Shannon -- laying out the issues that are before the Supreme Court the US Supreme Court having to do with Arizona's.
SP 1070 and and it's immigration controversy that's been going on for better part of two years announced that she was laying out what.
And then there were protesters outside they were really loud on on all sides of the issue I want to delve deeper many of you know just full disclosure that I have a home not far from the border with.
Tucson and and are rather Arizona and Mexico down and a balanced and so border issues or something that I talk a lot about and we have.
The honor of a Fox News -- senior reporter Elizabeth warranty.
With us this morning good to see you.
You get busy we never get to see this person because you've you've come out from behind the curtain and we appreciate that person I want to start with in my own home state Arizona.
You out what the argument is for me and and for and against not just -- -- seventy but any sort of immigration law that that tends to address the issue of.
Of illegals right.
Well the argument for a law such as SB 1070 is that.
The federal government has failed to enforce immigration.
Law and that the states states -- -- states such as Arizona are bearing the brunt they're having to deal with the consequences they're having to deal with.
Two illegal in the -- -- education health education as it is today.
Right right and also some people would argue job loss you know that there are jobs that are being done by illegal immigrants.
Who are willing to accept.
Less ideal working conditions and lower -- it's OK so and -- get a languages SB 1070.
Basically it says that.
That the federal government.
Needs help you know in enforcing the law and that day.
Want to cooperate you know they want to help.
They want to be.
Multiple fires you know as they -- in law enforcement.
And add a layer which would be the local law enforcement later they want local police to help enforce immigration.
So when you put it that way it's -- hard for some people understand I mean.
This is ignited a difference between not State's governor.
Timber and our current president over the tarmac incident well yeah where everything I have you with -- fair and seeing -- -- and yes not happy with with something she wrote her book he says and so on and so forth and by.
When you put it so simply it if it's not that common.
Soon now flip -- for me who's not well look the other.
Side is the government and immigration and advocates who.
More lenient policies for and you know -- documents -- illegal immigrants can't turn it.
Well not basing on amnesty they say that there's certain conditions that you have to meet.
Which is it didn't get up pathway to legalization but that's pretty good what the government is arguing the Obama administration.
Is a federal matter it is the comp and you want the local people involved they say even its its first of all they say that -- Arizona and other states have adopted these laws are overstepping their boundaries.
That they are trying to formulate their own policies.
On something that is a federal responsibility.
And they say it's too complex.
For local law enforcement agents local local law enforcement officers.
To implement and to make decisions about because they say that immigration law.
Involves not just are you supposed to be here yes -- no but also foreign policy considerations.
Immigration is also about providing services to people.
Naturalization and immigration benefit and then there's that.
Nugget that no one really talks of -- when you talk about entry into this country by those who want to kill us.
-- it if our borders are porous.
They're gonna walk right across -- so now you're going to have to share some intelligence between the feds and the local law enforcement in there until now has been a little bit of resistance for the government to do that well.
When it crosses a line like when there's a serious crime when there's no talk I mean I think in terms of prevention bill back everybody to the national security meetings the local -- and a lot of guys know -- -- -- -- -- -- if you would with the president.
-- -- -- is to -- to be fair they're always been as a reporter you know for now longer than I care to say.
They're only thing tensions between.
Local police and federal.
Law enforcement you know whether it's local policeman in BI whether it's not nearly an -- terms of an emergency or whatever but this would be something this is a part of -- -- really didn't -- about.
-- would have to have a pretty concerted effort they're gonna and interject themselves into this.
For SP seventy are now 1017 and 1070.
Well here's the thing.
It's and -- the Supreme Court has to make the decision.
To where they have to rule whether.
They will allow the expansion of state powers you know as far as enforcing immigration.
They -- going to keep that bright line.
That's always been there.
As far as what a state can or cannot do and what the federal government and and -- that if they do -- -- allow the expansion of state powers with regard to.
Immigration and that's so simply and beautifully but that's that's precedent.
Obviously oh absolutely I mean there are many states there -- several states already that have similar laws and those.
Law was to have -- -- a lot do you think.
Today in this whole discussion those that have -- well.
-- not not only hearings tonight in the hearings but certainly.
Didn't the nation is watching the nation is watching these states are watching.
Officials who are who feel overwhelmed.
By illegal immigration.
Are watching and the people there are many legislatures.
In many states around the nation that have considered.
These bills but have decided not to act on them to cause.
But the overwhelming court challenges and -- -- waiting to see how this plays out of the Supreme Court level.
You look at the issue nationally and then there are within Arizona.
They decide if if the Supreme Court decides no we're not gonna allow the expansion of state powers with regard to illegal immigration.
Does do you see anything changing does the federal government suddenly step up and say.
But we hear you you push forward with SB 1070 and we hear that you've got some concerns -- here's our backup plan is there anything on the table that you heard about.
Well this is an election year so let -- know plus us.
I didn't want to -- stop attain our big debate will intensify I think either way I think -- -- -- reverend -- I mean -- candidate Serwer will.
-- -- -- it the answer is that you know you need some content you personally need enforcement -- people who support.
And who wants stricter immigration enforcement say we don't really need new laws because the laws that -- they need to be in force it's.
And the other side says no local laws need to be improved because there are eleven million at least that we know of illegal immigrants in the United States.
And they're not all going to be deported and they're not all going to self deport him to use a phrase that's become very popular.
And so what do we do about them it doesn't help anybody self deport.
Some people -- yeah us yes -- really get up in the morning and they say you know.
I'm here illegally and I'm gonna feel like I'm gonna do the right thing I'm going home well they're.
I'm thinking I'm gonna do the right thing they're thinking it's getting harder to find the job.
You know the economy in the United States is not what it used to be.
And now I have to look over my shoulder more than I used to so.
You know life is just getting more difficult and and meanwhile.
You know there was a study just this week about how Mexico.
What Mexicans account for the largest.
Percentage of illegal immigrants in the United States.
You know to Mexico.
And less of them are coming well.
That's a huge statement -- because there's a -- -- down going on down there with the drug cartels and into to think that.
Many of those families would face that situation rather than be here jobless yeah really well and actually for the drug violence actually ahead also plays another.
And that is that it's getting harder for many people to.
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