Arizona's Fight Against Immigration

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Kimberly Francis

Arizona’s Fight Against Immigration

PA 584 Course Project

Professor Watkins

October 9, 2011

Arizona’s Fight Against Immigration focuses on the State of Arizona’s Immigration Law, which is directed at the illegal immigrants taking residence throughout the state. This paper will provide a complete background, analysis, and solution to Arizona’s Senate Bill 1070. A series of articles will be examined in order to come to a conclusion in regards to the extent of Arizona’s powers to enact and enforce such a bill. Arizona’s Fight Against Immigration

Arizona decided to take a stand against the vast amount of illegal immigrants in their state. Senate Bill (SB) 1070 was enacted to do just that and provide severe consequences to those residents that are found to be illegal aliens. According to PR Newswire, “the state of Arizona acted appropriately and constitutionally when it took action to target illegal immigration (PR Newswire, pg. 1).” The bill impacts many individuals within Arizona and throughout the United States and the world. Along with the major impact that SB 1070 has on residents of Arizona, the extent of the enforcement has to be questioned. Background

Senate Bill 1070 or SB 1070 was enacted in April 2010. The intent of act “is to make attribution through enforcement of the public policy of all state and local government agencies in Arizona. The provisions of this act are intended to work together to discourage and deter the unlawful entry and presence of aliens and economic activity by persons unlawfully present in the United States (Senate Bill 1070 pg. 2).” This bill will strictly enforce the immigration policy against those deemed illegal aliens. Based on the bill itself, if there is any type of lawful contact made and there is reasonable suspicion existing that the person is an alien then the state, city, town, or county has the right to determine the person’s immigration status. The law enforcement official or agency has the right to verify a person’s immigration status with the federal government whether or not they have a warrant once there is probable cause, under SB 1070. Along with these specifications, there are several more that fall under the bill. If an illegal alien is “convicted of a violation of state or local law, on discharge from imprisonment or assessment of any imposed fine the alien will immediately be transferred to the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement or the United States Customs and Border Protection (SB 1070, pg. 2).” Once an unlawful resident is convicted of a violation then they will have to be transferred offer to the federal level. Another important caveat is that “a person may bring an action in superior court to challenge any official or agency of the state or county, city, town or other political subdivision of the state that adopts or implements a policy that limits or restricts the enforcement of federal immigration laws to less that the full extent permitted by federal law (SB 1070, pg. 3).” SB 1070 puts the law in the hands of citizens of Arizona by being able to challenge government if they do not follow the guidelines outlined in policy. SB 1070 has brought a plethora of attention to the State of Arizona and immigration as a whole. Reaction

Senate Bill 1070 has garnered not just national attention, but international attention. There are definitely two sides when it comes to the reaction of Senate Bill 1070. One side is delighted about the policy and of course, the other side is complete enraged by such a bill. Based on who representatives talk to there are varying opinions on the immigration issue. However, there are many Arizona citizens that believe that the policy is not too strict, according to Appendix A. Also, these individuals do a lot to fight for the cause of illegal immigration. “Within twenty four hours, more than $58,000 in donations poured in through a web portal that was launched as a state law...
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