As you can see in the sidebar, my Annex is located in Arizona. I am part of the majority of the people of the State of Arizona in favor of our recently passed immigration law.
I am also a Jewish woman, and know the difference between the Nazi modus operandi of World War II versus the intent of Arizona Senate Bill 1070. Apparently, the current general manager of the Phoenix Suns, our local NBA basketball team, does not know the difference. Yesterday, he compared Arizona law to Nazi Germany. It bothered me, a lot.
Today, I was pleased to read this succinct description via a now-moribund website about our immigration law, AZ SB 1070:
…[SB 1070], according to constitutional lawyers, mimics federal immigration. All it does is give local authorities the same enforcement ability afforded to federal law enforcement.
Did you know that every non-citizen in the US has been required to carry ‘proof of status’ documents since Congress passed the Alien Registration Act in 1940?
… an Arizona State University constitutional law professor who helped to draft this Arizona bill states that law enforcement officers “may not consider race, color or national origin” in making any stops* or determining any aliens’ immigration status. That is in the bill…
Why has there been such a backlash in the national media? Perhaps it is because residents of other states do not have personal exposure to the impact of illegal immigration on their economy in a myriad of ways. Our current governor is Republican. There was support amongst non-Republicans too; approximately 70% were in favor of the bill.
AZ SB 1070 is merely a state-level mirror of already existing federal law, which is applicable in most instances, nationwide.
* Yes, I acknowledge that it would be difficult for police to avoid using appearance (as the basis for probable cause) in initiating an immigration document request.