SP 211 07/19/2010
Specific Purpose Statement: To inform my audience about the controversy over the Arizona Bill SB1070.
Strategic Order: Topical
I. Arizona passed a new law which grants the local police greater authority to check the immigration status of people they stop. II. The controversy is whether the Justice Department, Immigration Advocates, and citizens believe this law is unconstitutional. III. States, elected officials and United States citizens support the new Arizona Bill SB1070.
Everyone look to their left; now look to your right. Chances are one of the students besides you is an immigrant to the Unites States. In 2008, according to the New York Times there were 11.9 million illegal immigrants living in the United States. Although several laws exist to control the illegal immigration problem in the United States, it is still a growing concern in several states. On April. 23, 2010, the toughest bill on illegal immigration was passed in the state of Arizona. This is a particular sensitive matter to me as well as many other Americans because I too immigrated to the United States of America when I was three years old. Controversy over the bills constitutional standing has led to a lawsuit by the United States Justice Department questioning the bill and its fairness. Currently there are at least nine states backing the Arizona Bill, and according to the CBS and New York Times poll 51% of people are saying the bill is taking the right approach. ( she said I need to preview the main points in the introduction) (Transition: First I would like to focus on what the new Arizona Bill SB1070 is.)
I. Arizona passed a new law which grants the local police greater authority to check the legal status of people they stop. A. Although there are similar laws that exist, the circumstances of this law are more extreme. 1. On April 23, Governor Jan Brewer signed the Arizona Bill SB1070 on illegal immigration in Arizona which will take effect on July 29. a. The Arizona Bill requires police to check the immigration status of anyone they think is in the country illegally as well as it being a state crime to not carry immigration papers. b. People who fail to carry immigration documents is a crime and gives the police the power to detain anyone who they suspect of being in the country illegally.
(Transition: So you may wonder what are the controversies surrounding this bill are.)
II. The controversy is whether the Justice Department, Immigration Advocates, and citizens believe this law is unconstitutional. A. The passage of the new Arizona Bill has sparked outrage throughout the United States. 1. The United States Justice Department filed a lawsuit against the new immigration law on July 6. a. The United States Justice Department will argue that the federal law must take procedure over the state law. b. The federal immigration law determines whether a person is an alien. As well as the rights, duties, and obligations associated with being an alien in the United States. c. The United States Justice Department believes that the Arizona State law is promoting racial stereotyping and profiling which will also interfere with federal immigration priorities and policies. 2. The American Civil Liberties Union, along with many other leading rights groups filed a lawsuit against the Arizona Bill in May. a. The civil rights groups including the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), National Immigration Law Center, Asian Pacific American Legal Center, National Day Laborer Organizing Network and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People believe that the law is unconstitutional. b. Also, civil liberties are being questioned because of the new Arizona Bill. For those who aren’t...