Carr passes resolution commending Arizona immigration law

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NASHVILLE – A resolution, sponsored by state Rep. Joe Carr (R-Lascassas), honoring Arizona for its new immigration policies passed the Tennessee House of Representatives on Monday night.

Arizona recently passed a law that allows law enforcement officials to require citizenship documentation on any person who is detained or arrested. House Joint Resolution 1253 passed with a 67-27 vote in the House.

“For the past decade, this country has seen a sharp increase in illegal immigration," Carr said. "The federal government has failed to take any decisive action to curb this illegal activity, thus forcing the states to act. Arizona is to be commended for taking bold steps to address this problem."

Carr emphasized that he has read the entire Arizona law and the fine print, and that it goes out of its way to protect the civil rights of Arizona citizens. He said it also goes to great lengths to disallow any kind of racial profiling and only seeks to address the issue of illegal immigration.

Arizona lawmakers have defended the move as something that will also improve the state economically, and Carr agrees.

“There is no doubt that undocumented illegal aliens are a drain on this country economically," he said. "We budget for certain services based on the need of our citizens, and it is impossible to account for illegal aliens in that formula.”

The resolution says, “unlawful immigration is of major concern … as it threatens the security and safety of all citizens and legal residents and has become a huge financial burden on state and local taxpayers … Arizona has taken steps to address the problem of unlawful immigration following decades of inadequate action and enforcement by the federal government.”

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Members Opinions:
May 25, 2010 at 8:39am
Mr. Carr promised to lead in matter, and he has. A man that follows through on his campaign promises.
May 25, 2010 at 10:28am
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May 25, 2010 at 11:28am
Oh sure, Carr is such a leader. He sponsored a meaningless resolution commending a different state for actually passing a law. What conviction. Last time I checked, Carr promised to actually do something, not pass meaningless resolutions.

Oh, and after all the hullabaloo by Donna Rowland about how expensive and wasteful honorary resolutions are and promising to never vote for another, she votes for an expensive, meaningless, wasteful honorary resolution. What a joke. None of my representative are actually conservative - they just say they are and try to fool us into re-electing them.
May 25, 2010 at 3:36pm
You have to start somewhere, and if this is all he does then i'll have to agree with you, I am assuming he will put forth a mirror image bill to the one in AZ.
May 26, 2010 at 7:14am
This is not an"honorary resolution". This is a resolution with political significance. It tells what side of the fence, or border, you stand on. Rep. Rowland does see the honorary ones as a waste.
May 28, 2010 at 10:03am
The problem with the arizona bill is that it does not go after business that hire ilegals
When we have a "politician" stand up for that I will support them.
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