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Arizona Governor Signs Nation's Toughest Immigration Bill

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer this afternoon signed the heinous immigration bill I posted about in mid-April.

Brewer  At the time, the L.A. Times reported: "Immigrant rights groups were horrified, and contended that Arizona would be transformed into a police state. 'It's beyond the pale,' said Chris Newman, legal director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network. 'It appears to mandate racial profiling.' The bill, known as SB 1070, makes it a misdemeanor to lack proper immigration paperwork in Arizona. It also requires police officers, if they form a 'reasonable suspicion' that someone is an illegal immigrant, to determine the person's immigration status. Currently, officers can inquire about someone's immigration status only if the person is a suspect in another crime. The bill allows officers to avoid the immigration issue if it would be impractical or hinder another investigation. Citizens can sue to compel police agencies to comply with the law, and no city or agency can formulate a policy directing its workers to ignore the law -- a provision that advocates say prevents so-called sanctuary orders that police not inquire about people's immigration status. The bill cements the position of Arizona, whose border with Mexico is the most popular point of entry for illegal immigrants into this country, as the state most aggressively using its own laws to fight illegal immigration."

God probably told her to do it, like God told her to take away the state's domestic partner benefits a year after they were implemented.

Obama criticized the bill on Friday, asking the Justice Dept. to investigate its legality.

Watch the signing, and Brewer's remarks, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Good for Arizona. As the son of legal immigrants who were still going through the citizenship process when I was young, I despise anyone who enters this country illegally. Illegal immigrants, those who do not go through the process, are nothing more than criminals. They do not deserve any special treatments. They moment they are identified, they should be put in jail, their illegal status verified, and should be shipped back to their country of origin. Should a case where true Amnesty is needed, such as a case of severe persecution, etc. then it should be considered on a PERSON BY PERSON basis.

    Bottom line: The Constitution of the Republic of the United States of America applies to all LEGAL residents, visitors, and citizens of this country. The trash that doesn't respect our laws doesn't deserve its protection, no matter WHERE they come from. Illegal Immigration = A CRIME

    Posted by: Steve | Apr 23, 2010 6:50:33 PM

  2. " I despise anyone who enters this country illegally. " shame. on. you. nuff said

    Posted by: Coffee&Chicory | Apr 23, 2010 6:55:35 PM

  3. @Andy Towle...I'm not sure what is "heinous" about this bill. Will you explain your position? This seems like a very positive thing for the people of Arizona.

    Posted by: Jon | Apr 23, 2010 7:06:29 PM

  4. The heinous aspect of this bill is that it relies on "suspicion" as a justification for questioning someone's immigration status. In other words, the vagaries of the mind. It reminds me of the days when people were "suspected" of being Communists or "perverts" (ie gays).

    As for Jan Brewer, her face reminds me of a vagina with an over-growth of blonde pubic hair.

    Posted by: jason | Apr 23, 2010 7:19:57 PM

  5. Brown people, better have your papers. White people, move along.

    Posted by: Wes | Apr 23, 2010 7:23:56 PM

  6. Why do all blond, Republican women look like complete and utter cunts?

    Posted by: Bobl | Apr 23, 2010 7:33:50 PM

  7. People are obviously missing the point. This law legalizes the harassment of people based on their skin color (primarily). As of 2008 (the first information I pulled up) over 30% of the population of Arizona was of "Hispanic or Latino origin". Even if the police only question people who appear Hispanic, that means that over thirty percent of the LEGAL RESIDENTS of that state are now eligible for legalized harassment by police officers because of what they look like.

    So now they are going to possibly harass not only illegal aliens but also (potentially)over thirty percent of their legal residents AND anybody legally visiting from another country or state.

    That's IF they only go after people that appear to be Hispanic/Latino.

    From my understanding the law is also open enough that ANYBODY in the state that doesn't carry some sort of documentation verifying that they are a legal resident of the U.S. can be arrested.

    Yeah, this can only turn out well. /sarcasm

    Posted by: Gard | Apr 23, 2010 7:34:07 PM

  8. Steve sounds like a bigger cunt than Brewer.

    Posted by: Jane Roe | Apr 23, 2010 7:37:57 PM

  9. Trolls-a-poppin'!

    Posted by: JohnInManhattan | Apr 23, 2010 7:42:49 PM

  10. I do not think they should be able to profile just for them to deport illegal immigrants. Seriously, I have seen how much harder the mexicans work compared to white people. Its no wonder companies hire them, they actually get work done, and their production increases.
    Profiling is needed for people of more importance, like terrorists.

    Posted by: Danny | Apr 23, 2010 7:44:59 PM

  11. Republicans are out to out crazy each other now that they are out of power nationally and will be until at least 2012. Utah, Nevada and Arizona are racing to become the next Texas or Oklahoma. A race to the bottom to be sure.

    Brown people bashing makes me sick.

    Posted by: GGREEN | Apr 23, 2010 7:50:31 PM

  12. This bitch Governor and her band of idiot Republicans who control the state legislature have made Arizona last in education and first in racial profiling. They blame all of the ills of society on the Mexicans...truly a racist and a pathetic law that will eat up scarce state resources fighting a blizzard of lawsuits.

    Posted by: Brian from Tucson | Apr 23, 2010 8:00:24 PM

  13. "I will not tolerate racial profiling or discrimination" says Gov Brewer... no, I'll just codify it as law.

    On NPR they sited 60+% of people in AZ in favor of this law, and majority rules, so says the rep for the state...

    Any "brown" people willing to take another look at "majority rule" now that it's linked to something besides the ridiculous Prop 8?!

    Speaking Spanish at the public pool, better hope ur packin' ID or they can now legally drag you away... yeah, this law makes a lot of sense.

    Posted by: stephen | Apr 23, 2010 8:07:06 PM

  14. Well I guess my partner of 9 years (Ricardo) can't travel to Arizona, he doesn't have his papers. Oh wait, why should he? He's an American. If you want the illegals gone, go after the employers that hire them. Then, don't complain when your room isn't cleaned up at the Holiday Inn, don't complain when the prices go up and the wait time is longer at your local Applebees, don't complain when the cost of poultry, fruits and vegetables skyrockets because there is no one left to pick them. Let's face it, Americans won't do these jobs.

    Someone mentioned something about Amnesty. If you followed all the murders that have been occurring in Mexico due the infighting over control of the drug trade (that we created) I think each and every one of them would have a good case getting it granted.

    Posted by: Keith | Apr 23, 2010 8:09:45 PM

  15. Im in a binational gay relationship. im from Mexico. it was never my intention to fall in love with an american citizen: I love my country with all its good and bad things... I have a visitor visa and i come and go thru the border to visit my boyfriend.

    I am very close to break up with him because of the treatment I had recieved from the US border patrol, they are always very rude and very mean. There is nothing i want from the USA except my boy. Of course i cant say to the border patrol officer that i have a boyfriend here... im just here on a shopping trip. It is a nightmare and a lot of money to travel back and forth.

    Now add this funny new policy... will you give up on love and go back to mexico or will you fight for your relationship even if you are being treated as a 3rd class citizen, second if you are gay, 3rd if you are not an american.

    USA sorry to tell you this but you SUCK. How i wish to live in spain.

    Posted by: Raul | Apr 23, 2010 8:14:07 PM

  16. Steve, the problem is that there's NO WAY to enact this law without resorting to racial profiling and anyone who tells you otherwise is lying to you. So when the cops are out there using their now-sanctioned "reasonable cause"- they're gonna round up every brown person they see, whether they're illegals, legal residents, or U.S. citizens of Hispanic
    descent. that is offensive and its a blatant violation of civil rights. We all understand that they need serious immigration policy in AZ (and the rest of the country too). This is not good policy.

    Posted by: Ealan | Apr 23, 2010 8:21:47 PM

  17. racism and bigotry in that liberal oasis arizona? Noooooo way! I can't believe it! Alright, it's time to tell the boomer jews that arizona is off limits...we were too late with the previous generation who settled in that bastion of tolerance that is america's cock (FL), but I'll be damned if we ship them all off to that discriminatory hellhole AZ! Maybe that's how they intend to recoup the loss in revenue that will be the inevitable result of this bill...older retired couples....well, fuck that!

    Posted by: TANK | Apr 23, 2010 8:37:03 PM

  18. "Where are your papers?" Hmmm wherever have we heard that line before?

    Posted by: Tone | Apr 23, 2010 8:49:12 PM

  19. Basically the bill is saying that what is already a federal crime is now a state crime. Give me a break. It's not an earthshattering concept.

    The argument that federal law can't be enforced by state police is ridiculous. Robbing a bank is a federal crime. That doesn't stop local enforcement.

    Posted by: Nun | Apr 23, 2010 8:50:12 PM

  20. Where was OBAMA when she took away DOMESTIC PARTNER BENEFITS??? He was probably out golfing. I don't remember him speaking up for us.

    Posted by: Name: | Apr 23, 2010 8:57:30 PM

  21. dear Mr. president Obama, are you there?

    Posted by: josepe | Apr 23, 2010 9:03:13 PM

  22. Why don't they just place yellow stars on Mexicans and save Arizona the trouble.

    They've just turned Arizona into a police state where it's open season on people of color. This is a day of infamy.

    If you don't understand how extreme and fanatical this law is then you've already started down a dark path yourself.

    Posted by: yonkersconquers | Apr 23, 2010 9:11:16 PM

  23. I didn't realize Baby Jane Hudson was governor of Arizona. Now we can stop wondering Whatever Happened to her.

    Posted by: GGREEN | Apr 23, 2010 9:12:35 PM

  24. This is a nation of laws and we have to enforce them. If we are not going to have them...then why not let anyone in at anytime? Why even screen at airports? Why have customs or security?

    I am sure this was not an easy decision for this governor. She is going to have all kinds of fingerpointing at her from raging liberals looking to play the race card. Groups cry racist all the time when they don't get what they want. But bear in mind, Mexico's immigration laws are much tougher than the US.

    The fact remains that our jails and prisons are overcrowded, and many people in them are not US citizens. The states are broke and that costs money. Do you all want to pay for that? If a drink driver is pulle dover and is not legal here, we can't even deport them. It is bad enough dealing with our own drunk drivers.

    Most people who come here are hard workers and not criminals. But if they are criminals we should be able to deport them. I don't think people realize how bad the US - Mexican border is. IT IS CHAOS DOWN THERE.

    Maybe if people pointed more fingers at Mexico to get their act together instead of beating on this woman, there would be less of a problem to begin with. But everyone likes to feel sanctimonious and self-righteous and see themselves as this great freedom fighter when that is not what the issue is about at all.

    Everyone should have a fair shake at US citizenship - Chinese, Russian, whoever. Not just Hispanics.

    Posted by: Tell it like it is | Apr 23, 2010 9:14:32 PM

  25. I'm surprised. I thought that was already the case in the US. When that blogger said immigration laws are much tougher in France he wasn't kidding.

    That beyond pale law is the current state of affair in France since maybe a decade or more.

    It's a misdemeanor to be there beyond your immigration permit (punishable by a year of jail time, practically never enforced instead the police will transmit the file to the prefect so a request to depart be issued and detained until deported if possible).

    While I'm in favor of a relaxing of immigration requirement and let more immigrant a chance to live in the US. As a foreigner I have to ask myself "what's the deal with a law that authorise police officer to check immigration status". As long a the police follow the law I don't see a reason to prohibit them from enforcing it. The problem is the fact those people are illegal and currently have absolutely no chance to ever enter the us legally or have a path to legal immigration open for them. The enforcement of immigration policy is something that doesn't shock me more than that, as long as they follow the rule of the law (if they don't then they can cry when an immigration lawyer get the procedure voided).

    Posted by: Esurnir | Apr 23, 2010 9:29:05 PM

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