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The Arizona Immigration Law


Governor of Arizona, Jan Brewer, recently signed into law a strict immigration bill, the Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act (SB1070 Act), igniting a nationwide discussion. Attorneys and co-hosts, J. Craig Williams and Bob Ambrogi welcome Attorney Marielena Hincapié, Executive Director of the National Immigration Law Center and Professor Paul Bender, at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, to look at both sides of this controversial debate . They discuss the legality and constitutionality of this new law and what this means for the state of Arizona and immigration reform.

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  • David Gimlett

    I think we whities should get together and march on the cities of Arizona. We shoul;d all wear arm bands decaring that we are illegels and we are carrying no proof a U.S. citizenship. If we come in by the thousands they will have a nightmare dealing with reasonable suspicion and the farcical, racial nature of the law will expose itself.

  • Joyce James

    As someone who lives within 50 miles of the border I can say that Federal Border patrol presence has dramatically increased in the last 2 years and the drug cartel violence that has escalated in recent months in Mexico has not spilled over the border.
    However, the Mexican tourist activity coming into AZ ( about 25% of Tucson sales tax receipts are paid by shoppers from Mexico) has been crimped by border tightening and the law serves only to further deteriorate that relationship.
    People ARE confusing drug organized crime racketeers with many law abiding migrants who stayed in the US as the border has closed in the last 10 years.
    We sincerely hope that Mexico is successful in defeating the drug cartels so that Mexicans can have a government that is not corrupt and can enjoy economic development.
    Yesterday the cities of Tucson and Flagstaff have voted to file a lawsuit to prevent the law from going into effect.

  • David Reid

    Shame On You. The Arizona Immigration Law is clearly controversial and has stimulated serious national debate over immigration policy, as well as renewing the age old debate over States’ rights vs. Federalism. With these serious topics at hand, you managed to stack the desk and present only one side of the discussion. I am not sure if I agree with the actions of the Arizona Legislature, but I wanted to hear an educated discussion amongh my profession. Instead you presented only two avowed advocates for immigrant rights, who spent the half hour falling over each other to agree on their distain for the law and its advocates. Can you honestly say that you were unable to locate an advocate for the legislation ? I sincerely doubt it. You have does yourselves a disservice. As lawyers, have you not yet accepted the premise that in any debate, there are at least two points of view that should be fairly heard before judgment of condemnation is passed ?