America the land of opportunities. Have you ever heard this infamous saying before? We live in a country created of immigrants, yet Arizona is trying to enforce SB1070 which is an intrusive law that goes against the diversity of what makes America great. The recent efforts in Arizona threaten to undermine basic notions of fairness that we cherish as Americans, as well as the trust between police and their communities which is crucial to keep us safe. This harsh crackdown against undocumented immigrants is currently in full swing and is causing plenty of controversy. Is this law an effective way to keep out undocumented immigrants? Or is this law simply causing more issues rather than creating positive outcomes? To be clear, Arizona’s SB 1070 requires documents to be carried at all times. Whoever violates the federal alien registration laws, are subject to arrest and penalties under the Arizona criminal code. While being stopped, SB1070 directs law enforcement officers to determine the immigration status of individuals who they reasonably suspect to be illegal immigrants. In addition, law enforcement officers are also authorized to arrest an individual without a warrant if there is a probable cause to believe the individual has committed a public offense that makes them removable from the U.S. In spite of it’s motives to reduce the number of illegal immigrants, SB 1070 gives all immigrants a false image as criminals and racism goes in effect, thus dividing the communities to great lengths. In addition, businesses are also affected resulting in the closure of stores and even shopping centers. Many undocumented immigrants simply want to obtain a chance at building a better life for their children so they can succeed in their future. A large portion of them would rather not be a bother, simply sending their children to school, paying taxes and staying out of trouble. Throughout my research, I came across the article “Arizona’s Punishment Doesn’t Fit the Crime” on...
...Profiling and the ArizonaImmigrationLaw
The ArizonaImmigrationLaw is a form of racial profiling, and it is wrong for the following three reasons 1) it is racists, 2) it is unconstitutional, and 3) it is regressive in today’s modern society. Supporters have taken the position that the ArizonaImmigrationLaw should be welcomed in our society since similar legislation has been accepted in Utah, Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, and South Carolina. However, articles, cases, and research have proven that the position of the supporters to be wrong. (Fox News).
The first reason why the ArizonaImmigrationLaw is wrong is that it is racist. Joseph Healy in his book, Race, Ethnicity and Class, defines ideological racism as, the belief system that asserts a particular group, or social class that justifies their prejudice towards someone. This is used to rationalize the prejudice of one cultural group over another in society (Healy 27). Following, is an example that demonstrate how the ArizonaImmigrationLaw is racist. The Alabama ImmigrationLaw is similar to the ArizonaImmigrationLaw. In an article by Maureen Costello she states that the Alabama ImmigrationLaw states that...
...Immigration and Arizona
Two years ago, a bill became active in Arizona called the Senate Bill 1070. It states police can stop and suspect if a person is an illegal immigrant. The Supreme Court has been involved in this case even though it is not a federal law. Three out of four provisions were struck down; however “checking papers” on a person’s status is still an ongoing debate. President Obama, his administration, human rights activists, and every day citizens feel the situation can make a negative impression for Americans, especially conservatives. The controversy has been compared or related to the civil rights movement and racial profiling. An article was written in the New York Times about Latinos and Hispanics, they have organized boycotts or riots near the Supreme Court. These people feel their rights have been violated and they’ve been treated unfairly by American citizens. I strongly oppose this bill because I feel illegal immigrants are part of the U.S and should be treated as equals. Illegal immigrants come to America to escape hardships and should be allowed to obtain their freedom.
Immigrants come to America for new opportunities and to start over. The United States allows an amount of freedom most countries do not have. For example, Americans have freedom of speech or the right to choose a career. In other words, U.S citizens basically have the right to choose and live their own lifestyle. Citizens...
The lives of many have changed since the implementation of the new law SB 1070. Those of Latino appearances must always carry their identifications and hope to never forget their wallet at home or else they can be mistaken and profiled as an illegal alien. Republican Governor Jan Brewer enacted the ArizonaLaw SB1070 believing it would protect citizens by getting rid of those whom were endangering the lives of others. The intent of the law as stated in the 49th legislature is to “make attrition through enforcement… to discourage and deter unlawful entry and unlawful alien presence” (“Senate Bill 1070,” 1). With the Governor’s attempt to regulate immigration, the issue has been re-ignited with a new problem at hand: the constitutionality of laws. Many scholars understood that the law was racially profiling Latino’s/Hispanic’s, since in the Governor’s eyes they are the ones negatively affecting the state. However, no resolution has been discussed within the arguments. The reasoning behind immigration policy should be a process of decision making considering both countries by not harming any individual based on ethnic, economic, or racial differences. By avoiding discrimination, countries will be able to move forward without foreign friction. Specifically, I am asserting a means by which SB 1070 might be revised to a...
September 28, 2010
Arizona has enforced the new senate bill 1070 which gives the police authority to check immigration status when enforcing other laws. SB1070 is supposed to cut the down on the illegal immigrants in Arizona by having immigrants carry immigration papers, or will be held until proven their status in the USA. The more they try to secure the border with bill 1070 the more they end up taking away simple constitutional rights of the citizens. The senate bill 1070 that has been passed is causing racial profiling, unconstitutional acts, and has put federal law into question.
The SB1070 is encouraging officers to racial profile. “… Arizona police will have the right to stop anyone on ‘reasonable suspicion’ that they may be an illegal immigrant and can arrest them if they are not carrying a valid driver’s license or identity papers.”(o’leary) The officers that are in charge of enforcing this law are able to stop anyone that they assume are Hispanic or of Hispanic decent. Even if some are of legal residency in the United States, if they do not have any of the proper documents when they are pulled over and searched they are subject to being charged with a misdemeanor under Arizona state law. The law decreases the amount...
...AP English III
18 December 2012
In the past several years immigration has become a controversial topic in America. Arizona has approved a law about immigrants not being allowed there. This law has had many arguments and lots of controversy. People everywhere have their own view and beliefs on this issue. The most talked about issue is Arizona’simmigration bill. In April 2010, Arizona passed the nation’s toughest law on illegal immigration. Senate Bill 1070 will affect Arizona economically . If Arizona wants to improve their economy, Senate Bill 1070 should be removed as soon as possible. Many come to America to try and make a better life for themselves and their family, therefore Mexicans in Arizona should not be deported back to Mexico.
The Arizonaimmigrationlaw was passed in 2010. Many states have adopted to this law as well. Such as: Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, South Carolina, and Utah. The law is affecting many families by separating parents from their children. The arizonalaw is the first state to criminalize immigration . The new arizonalaw requires immigrants to carry their alien registration...
In the process of figuring out what I would like to write this paper on I can honestly say I have changed my topic about 5 times. Nothing I chose was significant or interested me enough to be able to research or even write about. I recently heard some news that a friend of mine since kindergarten was under investigation to be deported back to his birth country because he was driving with a suspended license. Even though he was only three years old when his parents brought him here and knows no other country as his home the fact that he made one mistake could affect his whole life. For the past years there has been a constant struggle and pressure being placed on the government to enforce harsher immigrationlaws and punishments on those who disobey them. Both republicans and democrats have certain views on it but nobody wants to do anything about it. Almost every day there are news reports on current political issues and exceptions on the fact that even though security has been increased, till this day the number of illegal immigrants living in this country keeps rising. Although most Americans seem to agree on the fact that they don’t want these so called “criminals” to reside on U.S. territory the political issues don’t seem to give them the benefit of the doubt in understanding the whole reasoning behind illegal immigration.
As a start in my research, my first interest...
Arizona’s Fight Against Immigration
PA 584 Course Project
October 9, 2011
Arizona’s Fight Against Immigration focuses on the State of Arizona’s ImmigrationLaw, which is directed at the illegal immigrants taking residence throughout the state. This paper will provide a complete background, analysis, and solution to Arizona’s Senate Bill 1070. A series of articles will be examined in order to come to a conclusion in regards to the extent of Arizona’s powers to enact and enforce such a bill.
Arizona’s Fight Against ImmigrationArizona decided to take a stand against the vast amount of illegal immigrants in their state. Senate Bill (SB) 1070 was enacted to do just that and provide severe consequences to those residents that are found to be illegal aliens. According to PR Newswire, “the state of Arizona acted appropriately and constitutionally when it took action to target illegal immigration (PR Newswire, pg. 1).” The bill impacts many individuals within Arizona and throughout the United States and the world. Along with the major impact that SB 1070 has on residents of Arizona, the extent of the enforcement has to be questioned.
Senate Bill 1070 or SB 1070 was enacted in April 2010. The intent of act “is to make attribution through enforcement of the public...
Arizona’s ImmigrationLaws and its Impact
Immigration in the United States is a divided issue. Since the formation of this country people have fought for their way of life and civil rights. Whether it was for life, liberty, or the pursuit of happiness that the rebels fought the British for, or the marchers and protesters of the Civil Rights Movement that fought against the laws of segregation. Arizona’simmigrationlaws are an insult to America’s values, way of life, and civil rights. Those same values that allow us to be free, allow us to pursue happiness, and keep us from being persecuted become challenged when laws like SB 1070 are enacted. Arizona’s immigrationlaw SB 1070 allows any law enforcement official to stop or arrest anyone that is under “reasonable suspicion” of being in the country illegally. Laws like this can have catastrophic impacts on people and the economy as a whole. People scared to even go out and have a meal at a restaurant because of the fear of being stopped by police to prove their status and small business owners losing their livelihood because of it. From civil rights to the economy everyone feels the brunt of this.
Two new laws were sanctioned by Arizona on April of 2010; these two laws were SB 1070 and HB 2162 (Morse). The...