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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Catching up on immigration issues in Europe and the U.S.

I have been busy since the Brussels Forum keeping up with the latest on the fiscal crisis in Europe and other developments there including the trial of Anders Breivik this week.  Breivik is the far right terrorist who killed 77 people in Norway last summer.  His trial had led to a series of stories examining anti-Islam movements in the U.S. and Europe and anti-immigrant sentiment.  I discussed this in my Europe blog last week:  http://givenseurope.blogspot.com/2012/04/french-election-far-right-and-crisis-in.html

The Supreme Court will be reviewing Arizona's SB 1070 this week http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-court-arizona-20120422,0,3170013.story

Alabama House has approved changes to its immigration law, which would hopefully avoid the embarassing detentions of foreign auto executives and others who were pulled over and didn't have the exact documents required. The bill still needs to be approved by the Senate: http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-04-19/news/sns-rt-us-usa-alabama-legislationbre83j03a-20120419_1_immigration-law-immigrant-justice-immigration-bill

The author of the Arizona law, Kris Kobach, has become an issue in Mitt Romney's campaign: http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2012/04/20/romney-campaign-kobach-an-informal-adviser/ as Romney tries to improve his polling with Latino voters, it is likely he will soften his stance on immigration.