On the day a federal judge has blocked key provisions of Arizona’s tough illegal-immigration law from going into effect Thursday, Iowans are still waiting for U.S. Senate candidate Roxanne Conlin to explain whether she backs the Obama administration’s lawsuit against that state.
Earlier today, a federal judge put a hold on sections of the law that require Arizona’s state and local law officers to check a person’s immigration status while enforcing other laws, require immigrants to carry their papers at all times and made it illegal for undocumented workers to solicit work in public places.
“Roxanne Conlin may think she can ignore the issue but the problems created by illegal immigration are not limited to Arizona. It’s estimated that Iowans currently pay approximately $350 million annually in added government costs for education, health care, incarceration and other services because of illegal immigration,” said Eric Woolson, a spokesman for Sen. Chuck Grassley’s re-election campaign. “Chuck Grassley has made it clear that the first step to resolving the illegal immigration issue is to secure the borders.”
He continued, “The court ruling and Arizona’s pending law have put a focus on immigration issues today. Iowa and a number of other states are likely to debate similar legislation in the year ahead. This is the perfect time for Roxanne Conlin to finally reveal whether she supports efforts like the Obama administration lawsuit and today’s court order to stop Arizona from protecting its own citizens by arresting illegal immigrants and deporting them.”
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