Last week, Arizona lawmakers passed a strict anti-immigrant bill (SB 1070) that makes it a misdemeanor to lack proper paperwork in Arizona. The law would require police officers, if they have “reasonable suspicion” that someone is undocumented, to ask for the person’s documents.
Arizona lawmakers passed anti-immigration legislation that is unique in its stringency and harshness. The bill would strongly encourage police officers to engage in racial profiling by ordering them to check the status of people they merely suspect – suspect – of being in the U.S. illegally. Even legal immigrants, in a move that harks back to fascist Europe, would be required to carry their papers at all times or risk arrest.
(Read the Los Angeles Times editorial about “A Hostile Arizona.”)
“Alto Arizona!” is a targeted call to action that is asking opponents of AZ SB 1070 to contact Arizona Governor Jan Brewer (R) to ask her to veto this bill!
The passage of SB 1070 by the House of Representatives in Arizona will have chilling repercussions if signed into law by Governor Brewer. The bill dramatically expands police powers to stop, question and detain individuals for not having proper identification, a move that will instigate racial profiling and fear and driving a wedge between groups.