M. Diaz Padilla
May 15, 2011
Is Arizona turning into a Nazi state? There are a lot of people beginning to think so, due to the new Arizona Senate Bill 1070. Many feel it is threatening the community with the possibility of racial and ethnic profiling.
“Governor Jan Brewer of Arizona signed the nation’s toughest bill on illegal immigration into a law on Friday, April 23, 2010” (Archibold). This became a law on July 29, 2010. This bill is designed to rid the streets of Arizona of illegal immigrants. The illegal immigration law is called Arizona Senate Bill 1070. This law allows the government officials and police officers to ask for papers of legal documentation. This law immediately sparked up citizens and non-citizens (legal/illegal immigrants) to fight for their right. “The move unleashed immediate protests and reignited the divisive battle of immigration reform nationally.” (Archibold)
“This immigration law requires officials and agencies of the state and political subdivisions to fully comply with and with the help of enforcement of federal immigration laws and gives the county attorneys the subpoena power in certain investigations of employers. It also establishes crimes involving trespassing by illegal immigration, stopping to hire of soliciting work under specified circumstances, and transporting, harboring or concealing unlawful immigrations, and their respective penalties” (Arizona State Senate Forty-Ninth Legislature, Second Regular Session Fact Sheet for S.B. 1070). This states what it allows the government to do with this law being passed. This statement explains clearly that the government is trying to stop crimes and to stop hiring illegal immigrants so they don’t get paid “under the table”.
Even before the bill was signed to become a law, President Obama strongly criticized and commented on it. Archibold states, “Speaking at a naturalization ceremony for 24 active-duty service numbers in the Rose...