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Arizona Governor Signs Controversial Immigration Bill Into Law

Apr 23, 2010 | new law

Today, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer (R), signed into law a very tough and controversial immigration bill on the premise that it will curb illegal immigration in that state.

Gov. Brewer signed a state bill today that requires police to determine whether a person is in the United States legally, which critics say will foster racial profiling and discrimination but supporters say will crack down on illegal immigration.

We don’t know what an “illegal immigrant” looks like….Do you?

Read the full text of Arizona Senate Bill 1070.

Arizona’s law orders immigrants to carry their noncitizen registration documents at all times and requires police to question people if there’s reason to suspect they’re in the United States illegally.

It also targets those who hire illegal immigrant laborers or knowingly transport them.

The Republican governor also issued an executive order that would require additional training for local officers on how to implement the law without engaging in racial profiling.  Brewer’s executive order was in response to critics who argue that the new law will lead to racial profiling, saying that most police officers don’t have enough training to look past race while investigating a person’s legal status.

Stay tuned for more updates as this story (and resulting controversies) develops!

Ruchi Thaker