UPDATE: Rasmussen Reports found that 70% of Arizona’s voters approve of the bill!
Reuters reports that this Monday, April 19, Arizona lawmakers passed a tough immigration bill requiring police in the state that borders Mexico to determine if people are in the United States illegally.
Lawmakers in the Arizona Senate voted 17 to 11 to approve the bill, widely regarded as the toughest measure yet taken by any U.S. state to curb illegal immigration. The state’s House of Representatives had approved the measure last week. Governor Jan Brewer, a Republican, has five days to veto the bill or sign it into law.
The law requires state and local police to determine the status of people if there is “reasonable suspicion” that they are illegal immigrants and to arrest people who are unable to provide documentation proving they are in the country legally. It also makes it a crime to transport someone who is an illegal immigrant and to hire day laborers off the street.
Opponents of the bill, some of whom held a vigil outside Governor Brewer’s home on Monday to urge her to veto the measure, say it is unconstitutional and would discriminate against Latinos. “You cannot tell if a person walking on a sidewalk is undocumented or not … (so) this is a mandate for racial profiling,” said Pablo Alvarado, director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network. Alvarado said his group would call on the federal government to intervene and was considering legal action to overturn the bill.
H/t beloved FellowshipOfMinds members FS and May!