Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Will Southern Arizona Become the 51st State?

In my on-going quest to post items that marry my interests in land use and immigration law, I present an NPR story that aired yesterday about efforts by a group in Pima County, Arizona to break away over Arizona's draconian (and possibly federally preempted) effort to regulate illegal immigration.

(In the interest of full disclosure, I also note that Georgia's legislature has passed a similar bill.)

It doesn't sound much like the effort to create Baja Arizona will come to fruition, but it's an interesting piece of political protest.  We'll see what comes next.

Jamie Baker Roskie

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As a Texan living in Arizona, I feel like I've got the seceding thing licked. You're right about it being a political stunt; many of the folks calling for a break openly admit as much.

As to draconian immigration policies, Gov. Brewer recently announced that Arizona will seek US Supreme Ct review of SB 1070...


Posted by: McKay Cunningham | May 12, 2011 8:15:41 AM