An article in the NY Times today points out that at six state legislatures are likely to enact AZ style anti-illegal immigration laws, and that the is likely to lead to an immediate fight in the GOP.
Legislators have also announced measures to limit access to public colleges and other benefits for illegal immigrants and to punish employers who hire them.
Next week, at least five states plan to begin an unusual coordinated effort to cancel automatic United States citizenship for children born in this country to illegal immigrant parents.
But the proposals have already drawn opposition from some business groups. And they are forcing strategic soul-searching within the Republican Party nationwide, with a rising populist base on one side demanding tough immigration measures, and, on the other side, traditional Republican supporters in business and a fast-growing Latino electorate strongly opposing those measures.
Should make for an interesting legislative season. I don’t know how much money Tea Party candidates got from business or organizations like the US Chamber of Commerce, but it will be interesting to see how many people think they are owed favors coming off the last election season.