What does the Arizona Law SB 1070 really say…?

So on my blog someone challenged me with a clip from FOX news that the new Arizona law is “weaker” than federal law…  truth is is makes almost everyone in the state responsible to report and gives everyone the right to bring to court anyone who fails to report “illegals”.

check this out

  • INTENT OF LAW
  • “The legislature declares that the intent of this act is to make attrition through enforcement the public policy of all state and local government agencies in Arizona.”

My comment – the purpose of the law is to make all agencies – from law enforcement to school teacher enforcers of immigration law. – Which means everyone who works for the state is required to be suspicious and report suspected aliens.

  • Section E.
  • A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER, WITHOUT A WARRANT, MAY ARREST A PERSON IF THE OFFICER HAS PROBABLE CAUSE TO BELIEVE THAT THE PERSON HAS COMMITTED ANY PUBLIC OFFENSE THAT MAKES THE PERSON REMOVABLE FROM THE UNITED STATES.

my comments – without warrant? this is an open invitation of police harassment and racial profiling – “probable cause” just enough melanin and accent will do… ”

  • Section F.
  • EXCEPT AS PROVIDED IN FEDERAL LAW, OFFICIALS OR AGENCIES OF THIS STATE AND COUNTIES, CITIES, TOWNS AND OTHER POLITICAL SUBDIVISIONS OF THISSTATE MAY NOT BE PROHIBITED OR IN ANY WAY BE RESTRICTED FROM SENDING, RECEIVING OR MAINTAINING INFORMATION RELATING TO THE IMMIGRATION STATUS OFANY INDIVIDUAL OR EXCHANGING THAT INFORMATION WITH ANY OTHER FEDERAL, STATE OR LOCAL GOVERNMENTAL ENTITY FOR THE FOLLOWING OFFICIAL PURPOSES:
  • 1. DETERMINING ELIGIBILITY FOR ANY PUBLIC BENEFIT, SERVICE OR LICENSEPROVIDED BY ANY FEDERAL, STATE, LOCAL OR OTHER POLITICAL SUBDIVISION OF THISSTATE.
  • 2. VERIFYING ANY CLAIM OF RESIDENCE OR DOMICILE IF DETERMINATION OFRESIDENCE OR DOMICILE IS REQUIRED UNDER THE LAWS OF THIS STATE OR A JUDICIAL ORDER ISSUED PURSUANT TO A CIVIL OR CRIMINAL PROCEEDING IN THIS STATE.
  • 3. CONFIRMING THE IDENTITY OF ANY PERSON WHO IS DETAINED.
  • 4. IF THE PERSON IS AN ALIEN, DETERMINING WHETHER THE PERSON IS IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE FEDERAL REGISTRATION LAWS PRESCRIBED BY TITLE II, CHAPTER 7 OF THE FEDERAL IMMIGRATION AND NATIONALITY ACT.

My Comment – this means teachers can share info with welfare or medical providers, or with police. Realtors can/should report illegals, (legal deeds to land are offered by the state) as can/should pastors (marriage licenses to are from the state)

  • Section G.
  • A PERSON MAY BRING AN ACTION IN SUPERIOR COURT TO CHALLENGE ANYOFFICIAL OR AGENCY OF THIS STATE OR A COUNTY, CITY, TOWN OR OTHER POLITICALSUBDIVISION OF THIS STATE THAT ADOPTS OR IMPLEMENTS A POLICY THAT LIMITS ORRESTRICTS THE ENFORCEMENT OF FEDERAL IMMIGRATION LAWS TO LESS THAN THE FULL EXTENT PERMITTED BY FEDERAL LAW.”

my comment – anyone above who does not report or communicate could be brought to court by any other citizen who knows they withheld information.

  • Sec. 3. Title 13, chapter 15, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended by39 adding section 13-1509, to read:40 13-1509. Trespassing by illegal aliens; assessment; exception; classification
  • Section A.
  • IN ADDITION TO ANY VIOLATION OF FEDERAL LAW, A PERSON IS GUILTY OFTRESPASSING IF THE PERSON IS BOTH:
  • 1. PRESENT ON ANY PUBLIC OR PRIVATE LAND IN THIS STATE.

and if the all the other isn’t enough – we can get you for trespassing for being in a park or City Street – in case we can’t charge you for any other crime…

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8 thoughts on “What does the Arizona Law SB 1070 really say…?”

  1. Sounds like a great law to me! It’s about time we got these criminals and bums out of here. Let them go through the legal process like everyone else.

    1. J.
      You need to know what you are talking about before you comment – There are no legal recourses for these people to become legal immigrants – that’s why they are asking for an immigration reform.
      Furthermore, they are not criminals and much less bums, they are simply looking for work – they are not asking for police protection nor are they asking for health benefits.
      Please read on the issues in an unbiased way, from both proponents and opponents and then you might have your own informed criteria.

  2. J. – I hope you’ll look in to the other posts regarding yo comments on “bums and criminals” thanks for sharing your sentiments.

  3. From what I’ve read in the bill, it simply makes federal immigration policy a local state law. Would you have more issues with the federal immigration policy than the state adopting those same rules?

  4. Matt –
    A major difference with this law and federal law is that EVERYONE who works for the government and all branches of the government become agents of immigration enforcement.

    the purpose states “… attrition through enforcement the public policy of all state and local government agencies in Arizona.”

    the public policy is enforcement by all state and local government agents –

    then section “G” A PERSON MAY BRING AN ACTION IN SUPERIOR COURT TO CHALLENGE ANYOFFICIAL OR AGENCY OF THIS STATE …. THAT ADOPTS OR IMPLEMENTS A POLICY THAT LIMITS ORRESTRICTS THE ENFORCEMENT OF FEDERAL IMMIGRATION LAWS ….”

    Now 3 areas of great concern –

    SCHOOL TEACHERS and administrators – they work for the state – they are required to report know undocumented persons – Example – a neighbor could bring the kindergarten teacher to “SUPERIOR COURT” because they knowingly allowed a child into the school with undocumented parents –

    MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS in state and county hospitals – – could get taken to court if they treat – and don’t report and undocumented person

    POLICE – for example may get called to an assault situation – but because the victim of the crime lacks documents – they would be deported –

    in all three of these situations the result of the law will be –
    CHILDREN won’t get educated – and be more likely to become criminals as parents will keep them home rather than risk deportation
    INJURED and SICK will stay at home and possibly die – rather than risk deportation
    POLICE will not be called to crime scenes as victim will fear the police and deportation more than the criminals that will exploit them –

    and in addition NEIGHBORS will be feared, not trusted – your real-estate agent could report you for buying a home, your pastor could report you for filing a marriage certificate…

    we will create a fractured community and increase crime and other social ills..

    the law punishes the most vulnerable, it is “blame the victim” – like the classic issue of the rapist who blames the woman for what she wore.

    Federal Law makes immigration enforcement the role of “ICE” not every person on the street, just like we don’t want the enforcement of traffic laws given to every person on the highway.

    Really read this carefully and consider the impacts it will have of a society.

  5. I fail to see the problem. If they are illegal they should not expect education, hospitalization, and law enforcement.

  6. I see your concern, but how many people in a governmental role such a teacher actively does all that he/she should? Or for that matter how well will the bill be applied except for in more of a law enforcement (police) setting?

    On a fractured community level, the law comes from people who live in a more fractured perspective. In many ways, this law is just an expression of frustration and it seeks to combat the lack of proper law enforcement for the immigrants to come in a way that is legal according to U.S. policy. It may be misunderstanding of the immigrants who have not come through legal hoops, but to me the political issue is to discuss our quotas that we allow into the country. The Arizona bill came about because of how flawed our policy as been.

    On a faith level, the fractured community already exists. I know because I grew up on the urban environment, and I’ve seen both the good and the bad influences at work, whether its the standard ‘white suburban bias’ or the inner city ‘drugs and prostitution’ scene. Both scenes need reconciliation. This bill is simply bringing these cultural fractures to the forefront.

  7. The way I see this bill is quite obviously a segue into a police state where anyone can be stopped for anything and any state or local employee can and is required to bring into question anyone’s immigration status. What we are really talking about is setting a prescedent that would further reach into the homes of both immigrants and born citizens. This is appalling and I am shocked that even the people who are not in favor of this bill haven’t looked at the long term effects that this would have on every American. Being able to reach into our homes and our lives to dig up any dirt they could find to throw us into the legal system.

    In addition, this will congest our already congested judicial system, it will further send this state (which is already bankrupt) into further financial duress and break the will of immigrants that are here legitimately and are trying to gain citizenship. Think about it, someone who has a work visa gets hauled in because they don’t speak the language so well or have forgotten their documentation at home is now suspect, thus, leaving them open to being detained or apprehended only to find that the whole time they were here within the confines of the measures set forth in our immigration policies. What happens then? They get wrapped up in the legal system, they are now losing time from work and they have suffered sitting in jail with crackheads theives and violent offenders, Why? Because they went to a hospital with an injury or illness and forgot some stupid piece of paper so the hospital calls the local authorities on them (btw, that scenario could also be deemed as violating doctor/patient privilege). I’m not saying that this will always happen, but, the fact is, this is what we are opening ourselves up to.

    I personally think that everyone should take the right steps to becoming a citizen of this country. I mean EVERYONE. Whether born within the borders of the United States or outside of those borders, everyone should have to undergo the same process. Thing is, 8 out of 10 people who were born in this country cannot pass the citizenship test that immigrants are required to take to become a part of this country. There should also be no requirement to speak English as the United States has never officially declared a national language. Also, lets not forget that it was Ronald Regan who initiated amnesty for immigrants. Let’s not forget that we are all immigrants legal or illegal somewhere down the line and if someone is willing to come over and do the work that our spoiled American brats refuse to do I see no reason why they should be condemned. Think about that next time you eat any farmed products or eat at your local restaurant or want your house built or your yard maintained. A lot of these people are the backbones of the US economy. Lest we forget what is written on the statue of Liberty:
    Give me your tired, your poor,
    Your huddled masses, yearning to breath free,
    The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,
    Send these, the homeless, tempest tossed,
    I lift my lamp beside the golden door.

    I think the Natives might have more of a right to complain about “illegal immigrants” than anyone who is here calling themselves a citizen seeing as how the United States was created by stealing there land and throwing them on infertile reservation land.

    This bill needs to be thrown out! It is garbage!

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