Arizona’s Anti-Immigrant Crusade Continues

| 8/5/2010 10:14:58 AM

Stop Hate banner in Arizona

Though Arizona’s SB 1070 went into effect without its most controversial provisions, the legislation’s stated intent—attrition through enforcement—is nevertheless gaining traction among anti-immigrant legislators across the nation. In the wake of the law’s enactment, other states are coming out in support of Arizona, some developing policy modeled after SB 1070. Others even hope to alter the U.S. constitution to deny “birthright citizenship” to children of undocumented immigrants.

Arizona stands firm against injunction

After federal judge Susan Bolton blocked numerous elements of SB 1070, Arizona governor Jan Brewer wasted no time and swiftly filed an appeal against the injunction.

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, for his part, has assured the public that he intends to continue enforcing state and federal immigration laws through “crime sweeps” and immigration status checks. After Arizona’s 287(g) agreement expired last year, effectively stripping local law enforcement of the right to detain individuals on suspicion of their immigration status, Arpaio similarly refused to comply, brazenly maintaining his immigration enforcement campaign.

Jamilah King of ColorLines reports that on the day that SB 1070 went into effect, Arpaio and hundreds of deputies arrested 50 protesters before completing their 17th immigration raid. Those arrested included clergy, journalists, and attorneys. Local civil rights leader Salvador Reza – a particularly outspoken critic of Arpaio’s contentious enforcement tactics, was also taken into custody, as was former state Sen. Alfredo Gutierrez.

11/2/2010 6:32:26 PM

While immigration isn't the big, trending issue like it was in 2006, it is still coming up in a lot of elections, including the governor's race in Colorado where anti-immigration Czar Tom Tancredo has surged past limp GOP nominee and former Tea Party favorite Don Maes to be a legit thread to be Colorado's governor. I'm scared. Thank you for the coverage Utne. I'm not a big fan of the mainstream media who are too much a part of the failed political system by taking millions of dollars in political ads from both parties. I like Free Speech TV. Cheers.

Facebook Instagram Twitter