There is now a consensus in this country to do something about illegal immigration. A “comprehensive” national agreement, however, is unlikely to occur. Instead, we will see various responses from both our federal and state officials. A good example is the most recent initiative being promoted by Governor Mitt Romney of Massachusetts:
"Governor Mitt Romney is seeking an agreement with federal authorities that would allow Massachusetts state troopers to arrest undocumented immigrants for being in the country illegally.
Currently, State Police have no authority to arrest people on the basis of their immigration status alone, said Romney spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom. If they arrest immigrants for violations of state law, troopers can call a centralized US Immigration and Customs Enforcement center in Vermont to check on their status, and can detain immigrants if federal officials request it.
Under the agreement Romney is seeking, troopers would have greatly expanded powers: They could check an immigrant's legal status during routine patrols such as during a traffic stop and decide whether the immigrant should be held.
"It's one more thing you can do to make this a less attractive place for illegal aliens to come to work," Romney said.”
The sausage making of American politics is often not a pretty sight. Still, we muddle along and get things accomplished. Illegal immigration will no longer be tolerated. We are going see a sharp decrease in the numbers of people flagrantly violating our laws.
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