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Educate me on AZ's new immigration policy, please. 
29th-Apr-2010 09:20 am
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Has anyone out there found strong, well-cited pieces about Arizona's new immigration law? What does it really state, what is the real intent, how is it funded, and where do the responsibilities come down?
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29th-Apr-2010 01:41 pm (UTC)
Here's a good catch-all for news about the new law. It's got a bit of a liberal slant, though.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/arizona-politics
29th-Apr-2010 01:51 pm (UTC)
Thank you. That was a good place to start. The national security article by Michael Stackpole (here) was a good read and a good reminder about another angle of the border issues that Arizona is facing.

And I appreciate his sarcasm. "And me, I'm practicing my Irish brogue so I can tell any cop who asks, "Sorry, boyo, don't have me papers. Left them at the IRA meeting."

Edited at 2010-04-29 01:51 pm (UTC)
29th-Apr-2010 01:47 pm (UTC)
Not as of yet, but here's the actual Bill: http://www.courthousenews.com/2010/04/16/AzSB1070.pdf
29th-Apr-2010 09:02 pm (UTC)
As far as I can tell, the law says nothing either way about racial profiling. Which is to say that the people saying it requires racial profiling aren't, strictly speaking, correct - but the people who say that it prohibits racial profiling are exactly as incorrect.
However, like most legislative documents, it references several other statutes, documents, and other sources which it would take a week or more to track down.

The sticking point, as I see it, is in part B:
20 B. FOR ANY LAWFUL CONTACT MADE BY A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIAL OR AGENCY
21 OF THIS STATE OR A COUNTY, CITY, TOWN OR OTHER POLITICAL SUBDIVISION OF THIS
22 STATE WHERE REASONABLE SUSPICION EXISTS THAT THE PERSON IS AN ALIEN WHO IS
23 UNLAWFULLY PRESENT IN THE UNITED STATES, A REASONABLE ATTEMPT SHALL BE MADE,
24 WHEN PRACTICABLE, TO DETERMINE THE IMMIGRATION STATUS OF THE PERSON
. THE
25 PERSON'S IMMIGRATION STATUS SHALL BE VERIFIED WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT
26 PURSUANT TO 8 UNITED STATES CODE SECTION 1373(c).


(Bold mine, of course)
But... it doesn't specify "reasonable". And, as at least one of the articles referenced above admitted, most law enforcement agencies in Arizona are able to be "reasonable" as most of the US would see it. However, the Sheriff of the largest, most populous county in the state has a certain penchant for grandstanding, and highly questionable tactics which don't seem to put any importance on rights or dignity.

And while I can certainly see what Stackpole is saying about national security - if someone can sneak a bunch of Mexican illegals looking for work into the US, why not bombs? But that's not what this legislation is about - it's about stopping people who are already in the US, and extending immigration enforcement authority to other law enforcement agencies - an already dubious practice even when those authorities are properly trained.

'course,t he simple fact is that as a VA resident, my involvement in this extends to mild expressions of outrage, ineffectually signing petitions, and making sure that my cross-country flights don't have a layover at Phoenix Sky Harbor. That last is the most substantial, and I've been doing that for a looong time anyway simply because PHX sucks.
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