Arizona Immigration Bill SB1070: What Does it Mean?
The Arizona Governor Jan Brewer Signed the Controversial Immigration Bill SB1070 April 23
Jan Brewer signed the Arizona Immigration Bill on April 23, and the bill is facing controversy as some say it will foster a culture of racial profiling and others say it is necessary to crack down on illegal immigrants in the United States.
The Governor stated in an executive order that police will require training to help them execute the bill without it becoming racial profiling.
"This training will include what does and does not constitute reasonable suspicion that a person is not legally present in the United States," Brewer said after signing the bill.
What Does the Signing of Arizona's Immigration Bill SB1070 Mean for America?
Called one of the 'toughest legislations in the nation', the law means that all immigrants in Arizona must now carry their alien registration documents and it means that police can question anyone they think may be in the United States illegally. It will also address people that knowingly hire illegal immigrants or who transport them.
Addressing questions of racial profiling, Jan Brewer said:
"Racial profiling is illegal. It is illegal in America, and it's certainly illegal in Arizona,"
A supporter of the bill, Senator Russell Pearce said:
"We're going to take the handcuffs off of law enforcement. We're going to put them on the bad guy,"
President Obama had called the bill 'misguided', but he did address the fact that the federal government needs to act on the 'immigration issue' or it will lead to 'irresponsibility' such as the recent developments in Arizona.
President Obama has said that he wants a bill to be put through and has asked for Senator Scott Brown to help.