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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. This is reminiscent of the passbook laws in South Africa. Utterly over-the-top insane and in no way Constitutional. I hope there is massive civil disobedience to this racist garbage in Arizona.

    Posted by: So Left I'm Right | Apr 25, 2010 8:45:30 AM

  2. The publication The Economist rightfully brings forth the fact that this bill was sponsored by DEVOUT MORMON State Senator Russell Pearce. Proposition 8 in California, now this in Arizona. Time to stand up to religious influence in State politics.

    Posted by: gregory | Apr 25, 2010 12:38:21 PM

  3. @GREGORY,

    ironic, isn't it? the mormon cult which has been the recipient of discrimination for decades, in recent years has drawn a line in the sand against homosexuality. wtf?

    Posted by: nic | Apr 25, 2010 6:13:41 PM

  4. Contact Gov. Brewer at azgovernor dot gov and click on the "contact us" link in the lower left-hand corner to express your displeasure at this racist, short-sighted bill.

    My organization has already yanked its annual meeting from Scottsdale this year - and I hope many businesses do the same.

    Posted by: steve | Apr 25, 2010 6:42:17 PM

  5. Jesus Muthafuckin' Christ!

    Half the population of Arizona (and California, and the rest of the SW) has got to be 50% Hispanic. I don't even remember it being on the ballot. How the hell did it pass?

    Posted by: Wheezy | Apr 26, 2010 12:43:53 AM

  6. If Illegal Invaders...or Terrorists...were 7' tall, with Green Skin and Bolts in their necks, we would be stopping Frankenstein and Herman Munster, Not Shirley Temple and Debbie Reynolds. It's not 'profiling'--it's REALITY! If you are in this country Legally, you have nothing to worry about. Those who are NOT--Shut the fuck up...and LEAVE! End of problem. This move only reinforces Existing Maybe they will actually be used!

    Posted by: Bruce Wayne | Apr 26, 2010 1:44:20 AM


    you stupid shit. do you carry your papers everywhere you go? even though my family has been in the u.s. longer than the pilgrims, i have to present papers to prove my nationality if i go to arizona?! the color of my skin does not exempt unreasonable search and seizure. what is it that you don't get?

    Posted by: nic | Apr 26, 2010 10:53:57 AM

  8. warning: if you click on BRUCE WAYNE's user name you will go to his batshit crazy site.

    Posted by: nic | Apr 26, 2010 11:01:31 AM

  9. Do you realize that it is a federal law that EVERY legal immigrant who is not yet a U.S. citizen is REQUIRED to carry their document (green card) at all times and can be asked to identify themselves? So this law is just enforcing the federal law which is on the books. It is amazing how many people are ok with arresting people who break into their house illegally but not arresting those who cross the borders of their country illegally. Until it becomes legal to cross the border without documents, people who violate the law should be arrested! This is a country of laws. For example, I am against the criminalization of marijuana but as long as it is illegal, the law should be enforced. How hard is it to comprehend this?

    Posted by: GOD | Apr 27, 2010 12:13:00 AM

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