Modified SB 1070 Goes Into Effect; How Federal Law Paved the Way

| 7/29/2010 11:28:33 AM

Yesterday, 9th Circuit Judge Susan Bolton struck down many of the most controversial provisions in Arizona’s Senate Bill 1070, including the section requiring police to ask anyone they suspect of being undocumented for proof of citizenship. It’s a small victory. Today, a modified version of the bill goes into effect.

Although Bolton’s decision weakened the state law, several problematic provisions remain in place, including one that allows Arizona residents to sue local police for not enforcing SB 1070, as well as one that makes it a crime to knowingly transporting an undocumented immigrant under any circumstance, even in an emergency. ColorLines has a good breakdown of pending lawsuits against SB 1070.

How 287 (g) paved the way for SB 1070

As GritTV’s Laura Flanders explains, both supporters and opponents of SB 1070 agree that the feds laid the groundwork for such stringent enforcement measures. Section 287 (g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act made it possible to contract law enforcement to arrest immigrants on suspicion. Arizona’s then-Governor Janet Napolitano was the first to sign up for the program, and the biggest federal contract was given to none other than infamous Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona’s Maricopa County.

The passage of SB 1070 made it clear that the federal government had created a monster. It remains to be seen what will happen next, but fully striking down SB 1070 may have to take a backseat to revisiting the precedent set by 287 G.

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8/2/2010 11:25:48 AM

All... I as well live in AZ....and to have a voice one should really live here...this state is in an economic crisis...directly due to all of the illegal aliens. ILLEGAL! our schools system is in dire need of financial stability again directly due to the illegal aliens. I don't understand why this is such a big issue. If you are in the USA and you aren't here legally should go home and apply to legally come here. My mother was German and had to naturalize which meant she came here and applied to become a US citizen. She did it legally. I don't understand boycotting or anything else that everyone is doing against this law. Nothing can be looked at except the law...and the law should be enforced. I have to laugh because people think that a person that is here illegally should have rights...what sense does this make? Not all laws suit individual people, and certainly it should not suit people that are not to be here in the first place. Living in America means doing so the right way...

sue Thomas_2
7/30/2010 7:50:42 AM

i live in Arizona and have friends who are social workers and there are illegal immigrants obtaining food stamps although it is against the law. Every foreign country I have traveled to you need papers. Also, with the budgets as they are dire and still many still crossing the border illegally. How can we still accommodate unskilled poor people because of no money. This affects schools and the need to provide English as a second language instruction. Taxes and revenue derived from real estate have been cut because states like Arizona has one the the highest foreclosure rates. The unemployment rate has reached twenty per cent or higher in many states. There are many desperate people in other countries waiting in line to immigrate to this country. The financial capital of the country is no longer invested here, but overseas and there is no job creation. There is a consequence when you defy a rule of law and enter a country illegally.

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