At the end of April, Gov. Jan Brewer of Arizona signed the nation’s toughest bill on illegal immigration into law designed to identify, prosecute and deport illegal immigrants.The bill, slated to become active in August, requires immigrants to carry documentation proving their legitimate status.
The bill has caused vocal outcries on both the negative and the positive side of the issue and several states have jumped on the band wagon and started the process of getting their own law on the books.
While Wisconsin hasn't broached the topic of adding their own immigration law, perhaps they should visit the issue after a recent gang-related murder. The Wisconsin State Journal published on May 7 that:
"Mateo-Lozenzo, Billy Wenner-Say, 23, of Madison, Karen Giron-Cruz, 19, of Madison, Victor Prado-Velasquez, 16, of Fitchburg, and Franklin E. Yanez-Hernandez, 15, of Madison, have been charged with being party to first-degree intentional homicide in the murder of Antonio Perez.
All but Prado-Velasquez are illegal immigrants, according to Madison police."
The issue of illegal immigration is an issue of our state resources and taking jobs away that our legal residents could be working, but it can also be an issue of safety in our schools. Somehow Ivan Mateo-Lozenzo found a way to be registered as a junior at a local Madison school despite being 21 years old.
If there's one thing we are all striving for, it's safety in our schools and if it takes enforcing tougher immigration laws to insure that safety then that's what our law enforcers and makers should push for.