Tom Tancredo — a guy I’ve always thought very highly of, has a great idea…
Tom Tancredo is a former five-term congressman from Colorado and 2008 candidate for the Republican presidential nomination. He currently serves as chairman of the Rocky Mountain Foundation and co-chairman of TeamAmericaPac. Tancredo is the author of “In Mortal Danger: The Battle for America’s Border and Security.”
The next Arizona earthquake
Posted: May 08, 2010
1:00 am Eastern
If opponents of the new Arizona law on illegal immigration think it is radical to actually enforce federal immigration laws, they are surely going to get ulcers over Arizona’s next innovation.
A month ago Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed SB1070, which makes a state crime what is already a federal crime – being in the country unlawfully. It also requires non-citizens to carry their federal immigration papers on their person at all times – which has been a federal law since 1952.
What angers the critics of the new Arizona law is the expectation that Arizona will actually enforce this state law. To opponents of immigration law enforcement, this is a dangerous and un-American concept.
The co-author of SB1070, Sen. Russell Pearce, is the former Maricopa County deputy sheriff who also wrote the successful 2004 referendum ballot measure, Proposition 200, as well as several other immigration-related laws since then. The man has a track record of success: All of those earlier laws have been upheld in state and federal courts.
Pearce has another bill in the legislative pipeline that will make SB1070 look like a lollipop next to a firecracker. It aims to blow the lid off K-12 educational spending on children who are not citizens. It does not seek to deny them an education; it merely requires that the cost of that education be calculated and made public.
Senate Bill 1097 passed the Arizona Senate but was held up in the House. It will surely pass in 2011 after Republicans increase their majorities in both houses of the legislature.
The bill is simple and straightforward in its language but will hit the education establishment and the illegal-alien apologists where they are most vulnerable: in the pocketbook.
SB1097 requires the state Department of Education to “collect data from school districts on populations of students who are enrolled in school districts and who are aliens who cannot prove lawful residence in the United States.”
The second thing the bill requires is that the state Department of Education submit a report to the legislature summarizing the data and estimating the cost to educate those students who cannot prove lawful status.
Bingo. When implemented – after withstanding a year or two of court challenges – the public will then know the true cost of providing public education to the children of illegal aliens.