Last week, the Arizona House voted down party lines to pass the Safe Neighborhoods Immigration, Law Enforcement legislation which specifically makes is a violation of state law to be in the United States illegally. The bill also prohibits so-called "sanctuary rules," and mandates that cities, counties and local government agencies must fully enforce U.S. immigration regulations.
It's really sad the state of Arizona has had to resort to enforcing our nation's borders without the support of the federal government. The bill is expected to easily pass the state Senate and Republican Gov. Jan Brewer, running for re-election this fall, has declined to comment. While the governor may not sign the bill, she is considered unlikely to veto the measure and may just allow the bill to become law without her signature.
Update: Facing a tough re-election primary challenge, John McCain has voiced his support for the state law, marking a drastic shift to the right for the senator when it comes to immigration reform.