Arizona Immigration bill signed by Jan Brewer

Jan Brewer, Governor of Arizona

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has signed the controversial Arizona immigration bill into law. From Wikimedia Commons.

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has signed Arizona Senate Bill 1070, the Arizona immigration bill, making it the new Arizona immigration law.  The law is hotly contested by many people, including the President of the United States.  It is alleged the law mandates racial profiling be perpetrated by police and fosters legally sanctioned racism.  The governor was also called upon by government officials of Mexico to not sign the bill, as they believe it is discriminatory.  This isn’t the first time that immigration legislature has taken on a single ethnic group, but Arizona still puts more quick cash into immigration law enforcement than many other states.

Jan Brewer signs Arizona immigration law

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed SB 1070 into law, making the controversial immigration bill into Arizona immigration law.  Critics of Arizona Senate Bill 1070 included several Latino members of Congress, several officials of the Catholic Church, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the President of the United States.  Any cash advance used in the campaign to get it vetoed has been in vain, however, as Brewer signed into law one of perhaps the toughest immigration bills in living memory.  She defended the bill, from the New York Times, as a “tool to solve a crisis we did not create and the federal government has refused to fix.”

What does the immigration bill actually do?

A CNN post covers the features of bill. Among them are that it requires any and all immigrants in the state of Arizona to carry their identification papers on them at all times. It will also give greater leeway for law enforcement officials. Police officers in Arizona will also be required to ask for identification and alien documentation on any individual suspected of being an illegal immigrant.  There will also be greater sanctions against those who hire or knowingly transport illegal immigrants.

Not the first nor likely the last

Harsh immigration bill after bill has gone through before.  Arizona experiences more illegal immigration than many others. (Granted, Arizona used to be Mexican territory and Native American territory before that.)  Governor Jan Brewer believes she has done the right thing for her state, but the bill seems to give far more leeway than may be justifiable, and if used improperly, could open the door to tyranny, according to its critics.  The impact of the new Arizona immigration law will remain to be seen, and there may be a constitutional or jurisdictional challenge.