Tennessee Considering Copy-Cat of Arizona’s Anti-immigration Law
Posted on: 2010-05-18 20:33:54
Tennesseans: Contact your representatives to make this happen. -- Ed.
On May 20, 2010, the Tennessee senate will once again review SB0194/HB0270, which requires proof of citizenship to register to vote in Tennessee. Voter registration forms have always required registrants to profess United States Citizenship to complete the registration. The current registration forms require the applicant to check “Yes” when asked if he is a U.S. Citizen and includes the stern warning that false information is punishable by 2 years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
The new law requires proof that the applicant is a U.S. Citizen in the form of a driver license, non-driving photo ID, birth certificate, United States passport, or Bureau of Indian Affairs card number, or other valid proof of citizenship. Currently, Tennessee relies on the honor system and requires no proof.
This bill is just the first targeting immigration reform in Tennessee,
and more are planned to be introduced in January. As many as 10 other
states are considering legislation similar to Arizona’s SB 1070.
Arizona immigration legislation
The Arizona immigration legislation has sparked unnecessary controversy,
and according to the most recent Gallup poll, 51 percent of Americans support the
Arizona legislation. Illegal immigration is already illegal; the Arizona
law does not make it illegal. The Arizona legislation changes nothing
previously defined by federal law, but makes it easier to enforce the
provisions of the federal government that federal officials seem
unwilling to implement.
Legal immigration is still legal, and legal immigrants still have the
full protection of the Constitution. Illegal and legal immigration are
vastly different. One requires sneaking into the country without the
consent or knowledge of the government. The other requires background
checks, a statement of purpose, and a pledge to abide by the laws of the
United States. Legal immigration allows time for assimilation, which is essential to the
sustainability of the United States.
Mexican immigration law