Political Posturing Getting in the Way of Immigration Reform Says Miami Immigration Lawyer
Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 21, 2011 – Despite what the White House says about immigration reform, it continues to be a flash point in many states. However, there seems to be a tempering of hard line opinions.
“It’s not exactly a well-kept secret that more and more states are reversing, or attempting to soften their hard line approach to taking immigration reform into their own hands,” remarked Larry S. Rifkin, managing partner at Rikfin & Fox-Isicoff, an immigration law firm with Miami immigration lawyers and Orlando immigration lawyers. “It’s a smart move, as what they were doing was not only creating illegal legislation from the human rights perspective, but hurting economic recovery by eliminating job opportunities.”
Any legislation that precipitously impacts a state being able to get its products to market is a potential death blow to their economy. Take the case of dozens of major Arizona employers banding together in March and signing a letter that ultimately helped to defeat a number of pending immigration bills in their state legislature. They did not want a repeat of the 2010 immigration enforcement law debacle that resulted in a 16-month national boycott that cost the state over $250 million in lost convention business.
“Simply put, the business community had absolutely ‘had it’ with the legislature bringing in laws that had huge impacts on their bottom lines. And therein lies the true focus of immigration reform and its success or failure; economics versus politics,” Rifkin observed. “This is something that we are about to see in action again with the 2012 election coming.”
Arizona will likely remain an enigma leading up to the election, but the nation can be sure the immigration rhetoric will continue. How could it be otherwise when the Cabinet post for Homeland Security Secretary went to Janet Napolitano, Arizona’s Democratic governor? “And so it goes, the heightened debate over border security, the push to deport, the drive to put more boots on the ground at border crossings and the tussle over what to really do with immigration policy,” added Rifkin.
In the meantime, other states are emulating Arizona. Georgia and Alabama are the latest examples, and there may be more to come. Only time will tell, and that time is limited with the election over the horizon. One thing appears to be crystal clear, and that is that the Hispanic vote is sincerely disillusioned over how immigration reform was not handled. That will be demonstrated at the polls. “And for now, the political posturing continues, which won’t solve one thing,” Rifkin said.
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