1. New Times article: U.S.’s Toughest Immigration Law Is Signed in Arizona – NYTimes.com.
2. Text of SB1070: http://www.azleg.gov/legtext/49leg/2r/bills/sb1070s.pdf
Get ready for the possibility that – if you’re in Arizona – you’ll be stopped and asked for “your papers please.” No, it’s not a scene from an old movie, it’s now reality for many residents of the southwest state who police now need only a “reasonable suspicion” to arrest as illegal.
Questions: What’s “reasonable” look like? Does this mean that EVERYONE, including born-here citizens, must carry birth certificate, affidavits of citizenship, and other documents on them at all times?
Republican Governor Jan Brewer signed the bill in law this afternoon to appease the far right wing of her party even as President Obama “strongly criticized it,” according to the New York Times.
Governor Brewer has been facing primary trouble along with Senator John McCain who also backed this bill.
Let’s hope that, if there is any positive result from this awful legislation, that those in Washington will now wake up and finally take action on real immigration reform. Let’s hope our members of Congress will wake up before any other states follow what Arizona just did!