AZ Democrats Expected to File Repeal of SB1070
According to the Arizona Republic, this week, Democratic lawmakers in Arizona plan to file a measure to repeal the controversial immigration law, SB1070. This will be the first legislative attempt to remove the law. SB1070, which was signed into law by Governor Jan Brewer in April, 2010, states that “U.S. federal law requires all aliens over the age of 14 who remain in the United States for longer than 30 days to register with the U.S. government, and to have registration documents in their possession at all times. The Arizona Act additionally makes it a state misdemeanor crime for an alien to be in Arizona without carrying the required documents, requires that state law enforcement officers attempt to determine an individual’s immigration status during a ‘lawful stop, detention or arrest’ when there is reasonable suspicion that the individual is an illegal immigrant, bars state or local officials or agencies from restricting enforcement of federal immigration laws, and cracks down on those sheltering, hiring and transporting illegal aliens.” Recently, a federal judge blocked the ability for officers to enforce the strictest sections, such as officers questioning an individual if they’re suspected of being here illegally. Other sections were left intact, however, such as the ban on day-laborers blocking traffic. Democratic state Senator Steve Gallardo states that he doesn’t believe the newly introduced bill will go far through the legislative process, but he believes that support for SB1070 and other measures which use criminal enforcement to prevent illegal immigration is declining both among lawmakers, and the population as a whole. John Kavanagh, a Republican Rep. disagrees, saying that the law is now more popular than ever. He goes on to say “Clearly this is nothing more than a political ploy to garner voter approval. It has zero chance.” Republican Senator Frank Antenori of Tucson agrees, also saying “I don’t give it much of a chance.” Over 2 dozen states considered bills similar to SB1070 last year, and four passed them. It is expected that Arizona Republicans will attempt to introduce new immigration measures this session as well. One particular one will be to require public schools to keep track of their numbers of undocumented students.