State Immigration Laws and Political Elections

Miller|Conway, South Carolina Immigration Attorneys, believe the connection between politics and certain state’s enacting stringent immigration laws will greatly impact elections in the most recent election cycle. Former Arizona Senator Russell Pearce, one of the most recognized architects of the state’s immigration enforcement law S.B. 1070 (aka Arizona’s controversial immigration law), and who recently lost a recall election believes his defeat had nothing to do with S.B. 1070.

Pearce writes at Politico: My Republican opponent was Jerry Lewis, who stated he was opposed to SB1070, supports the DREAM Act and believes illegal aliens do the jobs that Americans won’t. In a normal election, Lewis would have had no chance in the primary. And with a large GOP registration edge in my district, I would likely have won easily against the Democrat. Pearce argues that Democrats supported Lewis and, “looming over the campaign was a prolonged smear campaign against me for accepting (with dozens of other legislators) free college football tickets.”

The former Senator also reiterated his immigration track record: “We (Arizona politicians and supporters of S.B. 1070) have inspired other states to take action. More than 34 states are now proposing legislation modeled on SB1070. Alabama, South Carolina, Utah and Georgia have already passed bills.”

The immigration enforcement state laws passed in Arizona, Alabama, South Carolina and Georgia have been challenged in court. According to the Tucson Citizen, Republican Jerry Lewis, who defeated Pearce, “participated in a national teleconference to mark the Nov. 11, 2010, adoption of a document called the Utah Compact, which advocates a more humane approach to immigration issues.”

The Citizen adds: “During an Oct. 6 campaign debate with Pearce, Lewis said Arizona’s focus on strict border enforcement has made the state a paraiah in some national and international quarters. Drawing boos from Pearce supporters, Lewis said Arizona now suffers from an image akin to that of ‘1964 Alabama.’”

Miller|Conway, lawyers in Goose Creek, South Carolina, will monitor and keep out clients, readers and friends of the firm updated as to the current political environment in South Carolina as it relates to the state’s recently passed immigration law.

Should you have family, friends or loved ones in need of an immigration lawyer Miller|Conway’s Rescue Counsel team fully integrate immigration and criminal defense legal services into a customized package to fight your charges. Contact Miller|Conway, Goose Creek Attorneys via the firm’s website or email.

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