Arizona Immigration Bill SB 1070: Janet Napolitano Speaks Out
Janet Napolitano Speaks Out and Says Arizona's Immigration Bill is 'Misguided'
Janet Napolitano, the former Arizona governor has stated that the new Arizona Immigration Bill SB 1070 is 'misguided' and said that it is 'not a good enforcement law' while appearing on ABC news on Monday April 26.
She is concerned that a similar law could be developed in other states, when the larger issue of a federal law has not yet been addressed.
"This affects everybody, and I actually view it now as a security issue," she said.
She went on to say that there needs to be a period of time for people who are in the United States illegally to register.
They pay a fine. They learn English. They get right with the law."
According to CNN, many people in Arizona who are legal are fearing that this crack down on illegal immigration has developed a climate of fear.
Protests against the bill were held over the weekend outside the capitol building in Phoenix, but for citizens such as Jessica Mejia, she is concerned about what will happen when the bill goes in to effect in August or September:
"How can you tell what will give an officer reasonable suspicion to stop you?" she said. "We understand there's a need for protection on the border, but we think it should come more with immigration reform, not by pulling over people and stopping them on the street."
Rep. Raul Grijalva, a Democrat and Arizona congressman, has also spoken out against the bill, saying that he wants to overturn 'this unjust and racist law' and overturn the power that created the law. He is asking that Obama not cooperate with the law.
Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon has scheduled a space in the session of City Council on Tuesday to propose legal action against the SB 1070.
"I will direct the city manager and city attorney to file a lawsuit against the state to enjoin the law from going into effect and have it declared unconstitutional," he said.