Arizona Immigration bill signed by Jan Brewer

Friday, January 4th, 2013 By

Jan Brewer, Governor of Arizona

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has signed the controversial Arizona immigration bill into law. From Wikimedia Commons.

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has signed Arizona Senate Bill 1070, the Arizona immigration bill, making it the new Arizona immigration law.  The law is hotly contested by many people, including the President of the United States.  It is alleged the law mandates racial profiling be perpetrated by police and fosters legally sanctioned racism.  The governor was also called upon by government officials of Mexico to not sign the bill, as they believe it is discriminatory.  This isn’t the first time that immigration legislature has taken on a single ethnic group, but Arizona still puts more quick cash into immigration law enforcement than many other states.

Jan Brewer signs Arizona immigration law

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed SB 1070 into law, making the controversial immigration bill into Arizona immigration law.  Critics of Arizona Senate Bill 1070 included several Latino members of Congress, several officials of the Catholic Church, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the President of the United States.  Any cash advance used in the campaign to get it vetoed has been in vain, however, as Brewer signed into law one of perhaps the toughest immigration bills in living memory.  She defended the bill, from the New York Times, as a “tool to solve a crisis we did not create and the federal government has refused to fix.”

What does the immigration bill actually do?

A CNN post covers the features of bill. Among them are that it requires any and all immigrants in the state of Arizona to carry their identification papers on them at all times. It will also give greater leeway for law enforcement officials. Police officers in Arizona will also be required to ask for identification and alien documentation on any individual suspected of being an illegal immigrant.  There will also be greater sanctions against those who hire or knowingly transport illegal immigrants.

Not the first nor likely the last

Harsh immigration bill after bill has gone through before.  Arizona experiences more illegal immigration than many others. (Granted, Arizona used to be Mexican territory and Native American territory before that.)  Governor Jan Brewer believes she has done the right thing for her state, but the bill seems to give far more leeway than may be justifiable, and if used improperly, could open the door to tyranny, according to its critics.  The impact of the new Arizona immigration law will remain to be seen, and there may be a constitutional or jurisdictional challenge.

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  1. Jackie says:

    to everyone who supports the SB bil who are not native american: your ancestors were all immigrants who came to this country illegally. If you believe in the words that are coming out of JB's mouth, then "immigrants can take their children back to their own country with them." 'nough said.

  2. britney says:

    ok first of all not all the illegal immigrants are mexican, there's people from all countries right?

    and what i have been reading the biggest problems that you guys have with illegal immigrants is that they take advantage of the benefits that the government give us….

    Not all the immigrants are bad is just like anywhere there's good and bad people we should not judge all just because one is bad

    would you be more comfortable if they made all illegal immigrants legal but with restrictions in benefits like no medicaid no food stamps and all that and just give them a social security number to work here legally?

  3. Jewish Boy says:

    Hey, why don't all foreigners get out and leave us Jews alone. We're sick and tired of those people mooching off our resources and need to get out. Jan Brewer is a loyal Jew and she will soon make room for all Jews of the world. Read the Hebrew Bible, this is the new Israel and we will prevail over Gentiles!

  4. Jewish Boy says:

    I'm a Jewish Boy from the bronx and agree 100% with all of you. You should all make room for all Jews because this land is the new Isreal. Be sure to read the Hebrew Bible and you will all understand that all gentiles are here to serve us!

    • Steve Tarlow says:

      Thanks, Jewish Boy. Not only is that ludicrous, but the recent Gaza flotilla action may be enough to convince more people that Israel doesn't deserve such privileged status from the U.S.

      • Jewish Boy says:

        Steve, you don't really think we need Gaza do you?

      • Steve Tarlow says:

        Jewish Boy, the Palestinians fled to that area largely as refugees following the 1948 Arab-Israel War. The 1993 Oslo Accords gave Palestine the authority to govern their own population centers there. While I do not support terrorist actions – and there has been terrorist action from both sides – but I do support the idea that disputes over waters, airspace and borders should be handled through diplomacy. It's been a tough road, and no lasting solution has been found that has stuck.

        So in answer to your question, yes, I think the strip has value in theory. In practice, the sides haven't stood by their agreements. What I don't find valuable are your ravings that an old book should have inalienable say over the fundamental elements of a person's life, such as where they can live or whether their life is worth more or less than another human being's. Cry prophecy all you like. I'll play mythology Wheel of Fortune and use my free spin to go for something else, something more… reasonable.

      • Steve T says:

        Directed @ Jewish Boy's question on the Gaza Strip… Jewish Boy, the Palestinians fled to that area largely as refugees following the 1948 Arab-Israel War. The 1993 Oslo Accords gave Palestine the authority to govern their own population centers there. While I do not support terrorist actions – and there has been terrorist action from both sides – but I do support the idea that disputes over waters, airspace and borders should be handled through diplomacy. It's been a tough road, and no lasting solution has been found that has stuck.

        So in answer to your question, yes, I think the strip has value in theory. In practice, the sides haven't stood by their agreements. What I don't find valuable are your ravings that an old book should have inalienable say over the fundamental elements of a person's life, such as where they can live or whether their life is worth more or less than another human being's. Cry prophecy all you like. I'll play mythology Wheel of Fortune and use my free spin to go for something else, something more… reasonable.

  5. Tammy says:

    I am TOTALLY FOR the new immigration bill in Arizona! FINALLY a state does something about the ongoing problem that has been growing and growing for years!!! I live in Texas and I wish our government would pass such a bill! I am sick and tired of standing behind illegal immigrants in the grocery store and watching them use food stamps while I have to work every single day to pay for my food!!! I actually heard one Mexican lady say to her friend that it is about time to have another kid so that she can stay on food stamps!!! I can't even afford medical insurance and we GIVE free medical services to Mexicans!! We go to Mexico and hand out birth control while I have to spend a lot of money on it every month! We have to keep full insurance on our cars because we know if we have an accident with a Mexican, they will not have insurance and our vehicles will not get repaired! Why do we have to take care of another country's people when we can not take care of our OWN people!! We have people living on the streets and out of work. We do not help them like we help illegals!! I am really fed up with it all! If they come to our country they should have to follow all of the rules we have to follow. They should have to pay taxes, keep insurance on their vehicles, work and pay for their food, keep medical insurance, work and pay for their medical expenses…….just like we have to! Talk about discrimination…..white people are discriminated against more than any other race now! We are not given the same benefits for college; businesses are not required to have so many whites working for them, like they are required to have so many "minorities"; we have to work to pay bills….we go not breaks (unless we are white trash)! If we want help in the United States…..we have to be a minority, on drugs, obese, lazy, mental, etc.!!! Normal hard working people do not get sympathy or help! What is wrong with that???? Take back our country and take care of our people FIRST!

  6. Mary says:

    Really, why is it that the US government cannot stop or contain the distribution, sale and use of illegal drugs in its own territory? While there is demand for a drug there are always going to be people willing to supply it.

    Past and current Latino cultural heritage is rich; and this has nothing to do with inefficiency or corruption in governmental circles from Ciudad de Mexico to Santiago de Chile especially where American geo-political influence has undermine the body politic.

    Have you ever thought about the reasons the US is so immersed in countries like Colombia, Mexico, y Afghanistan? As a result, illegal drugs continue to flow freely and widely satisfying the ever increasing appetite of addicts of illegal drugs all over the world.

  7. Mary says:

    I am a Hispanic immigrant woman. I wanted to make you aware of a very interesting article on immigration in the current issue of "Mother Jones". The information in the article is both surprising and shocking, but for some of you it might be an issue you already knew about.

    • Steven Tarlow says:

      Mary, I think this may be the article you're referring to: http://motherjones.com/mojo/2010/05/arizona-bill-…

      While I will reserve judgement until I've had a chance to actually read what the Latino student aspect of the law says, I would like to quote from the Mother Jones article:

      "A bill awaiting signature or veto from Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer would ban schools from teaching classes that advocate ethnic solidarity, promote overthrow of the US government, or cater to specific ethnic groups, putting the state's popular "Xicano" or Chicano studies programs in jeopardy."

      OK… banning ethnic solidarity? I'll believe that when I see the law… I sense an overly liberal interpretation of the facts, but of course I can't be certain…
      Promoting overthrow of the government? I have no problem with banning classes from discussing that, if America is going to continue to be a nation of laws. You see, that's called sedition, and it's illegal.

      As for catering to a specific group, I have no problem with that. Why shouldn't each group have their chance to say their piece, particularly in an (allegedly) free-thinking university setting? Again, I smell someone taking liberties with the facts of the law… I'll have to find the original text.

      • Mary says:

        No, that is not the article I was referring to. Here it is:
        http://magazinesdownload.com/post/2010/04/18/Moth…
        Page 60.

      • Steven Tarlow says:

        Oh, OK. Well Mary, obviously it isn't always as simple as saying that an illegal immigrant decides to cheat the system because they want to avoid the government. The concept of indentured servitude that this article suggests is definitely not an old one, but it is definitely still worth being brought to our attention. The reality is that both U.S. industry and the Mexican government have something to gain here… the U.S. perpetuates a very flawed system in order to get the most production for the least amount of money, while Mexico's government can turn a legally blind eye to all the workers they're losing to el norte. On one level, it means that the U.S. can shoulder the burden and deal with the mess of what amounts to a third-world country. Past cultural heritage is certainly rich in Mexico, but the current government is a study in inefficiency and even corruption. Really, why is it that huge regiments of the Mexican army can't stop the drug wars? Is it because the drug cartels are better trained and have more weapons, or is it because the Mexican government doesn't really want to stop it because they're receiving kickbacks from the Arellanos and all of the other drug families?

      • lenny says:

        I am an immigrant…done my part of waiting to be a us citizen…i totally agree with you steven, you know what you are talking about!
        been around a little bit…there's nothing wrong with the new law. Some places you go, they can check your identification even when you are sleeping in the middle of the night…but that's the law , you need to comply.

  8. violet says:

    I really like the immigration bill that Jan brewer has sign, she met no real harm of hurting anyone, she is tired of this double standard law when it comes to illegal immigrants in America, and in her state of Arizona! She is not a terrible person or a racist, it's just happens that illegal immigrants who are running her state, on their illegal status, hundreds of illegal immigrants, and in reality they do not belong there, or in America period, she knows that by them being there they are hurting her American citizens,regardless of what Obama and illegal immigrants and all of their advocates saids.

    This is the main reason illegal immigrants hide behind their legal Hispanics, they know if someone were to ask them for their status they can automatically hollar racial profiling, they know what they can do and can not do in America, because they are being coast by their advocates, this means they have a possibility of winning what ever they want in America because they do not have to abide our American laws, like us Americans do, and that is a shame and it is not fair at all!

    The same way they use our birthrights, to make sure they have millions of their children born here in America, they take fully advantage of this, because it saves them from deportations,they will not be force to leave, and they can get equal freebies from our American government that Americans get, they know how to scheme and scam the American systems, this is ok with our sorry lawmakers in congress. and all of what they do in America, Americans are so confuse by how they are getting away with so much and no one or no body, no laws are doing anything to stop them.

    All of their plots and plans, schemes and scams seemed to be working for them, because our American law makers, have allow to much of their compassion get in the way of the law when it comes to illegal immigration in America. And since American are not accepting all this crap, They are selfish, and racist, this is anyone that trieds to stop illegal immigrants from their so call American dreams. In reality Americans know that they are here to conquer America!

    Now that illegal immigrants are here and had planted them selves so strongly on the soil of America and greatly multiplied them selves into millions and are doing this rapidly, their excuses and strategies are they cannot be separated from their American families! And Politicians excuses are we cannot separate families this is not the American way, in the mean time illegal immigrants keeps multiplying and are having American children born here in Americans by the millions, taking fully advantage of American birthrights so they can keep hollaring about being separated from their American children, and have their children cry about how they were brought to America by their parents, which were no fault of theirs! in the mean time America and American citizens are stuck with illegal immigrants bull, and Americans may be force to watch all illegal immigrants wrongdoings just win them an amnesty or a path to citizenship!

    All of what illegal immigrants do and are allow to do in America hurts Americans, because they are so left helpless, they feel they cannot stop them from taken over America, and they feel so voicless when it comes to illegal immigration in America, Any kind of Amnesty or a path to citizenship will be allowing them to just continue what they do, they will continue to be first in line, to millions of things in America, this is employment, hospitals, and hospital emergency rooms, medical clinics, their children in all our schools and colleges! Americans will be second class citizens in their own country they will be forced to endure a 3rd world country of people taking over America, and forced to endure our American law makers giving them America on a silver platter, over their heads, like they do not exist! Americans must protest and march in their own streets to stop illegal immigration, and stop this Amnesty and path to citizenship to illegal immigrants, they must save America from the over population of illegal immigration!

    • cristal says:

      Im sorry Violet but your response is way beyond ignorant–where are your parents from? Are you a Native American? Last time I checked the United States is a country full of immigrants. Everyone in history who has came here has came for change and a better future. That is all the Latino Immigrants want. And there is nothing wrong with that. They work as hard as citizens and more because they do not have the luxuries and rights that we have. And lets not forget that Arizona used to be part of Mexico soil, but after an unfair treaty it was taken away. Why do you feel superior to the rights of this country? We are all equal and should treat each other the same; at least that is what this country proclaims and if you dont like that you should go to an unfair country where these ridiculous discriminatory rules would apply. JAN Brewer was raised in a Jewish home, and that would imply her parents knew and or possibly their ancestor lived through the atrocities of the Nazi regimen—where as I recall racial profiling was also an issue! Wh would she do that to the immigrants in this country as well. I guess history doesnt teach everyone and that is so sad.

      • Steven Tarlow says:

        Cristal, there's a huge difference between immigrants to America who want to legally assimilate and contribute and immigrants who enter the country illegally with no intention of registering and every intention of using taxpayer resources if necessary. "Home of the free" does NOT translate to "Home of the Take All You Want, We Don't Have the Stomach to Say No." If you think Mexican immigrants in the U.S. illegally who use American hospitals, public schools and the like WITHOUT PAYING TAXES for those rights are exactly the same as immigrants from countless nations who have struggled to assimilate legally and serve this country, then I will say that you're either blind, ignorant of history and law or part of a pro-Mexican immigration amnesty cause.

        We'll see if the U.S. AG challenges the AZ law and what it does to the issue of states rights vs. federal control. Gee, kinda sounds like the Civil War when you put it that way… but I don't think it will get that serious. The possible enforcement problems this law presents may very well get it thrown out and AZ will start over.

      • manuel says:

        you are totally right but the US government is already working on that…she is just increasing racism and that's unacceptable in any TOWN of the world…WE ARE LIVING IN THE 21ST CENTURY WHERE WE SUPPOSED(TILL NOW) THAT WE DESTROYED THE RACISM BARRIER…SHE MAY BE RAISED ON A JEWISH FAMILY BUT I ASSURE YOU THAT WE, CAUSE I`M JEWISH, UNDERSTAND BETTER THAN NOBODY GENOCIDE, AND IT SEEMS SHE DOESN'T REMEMBER THE SUFFERING WE HAD, THOUSANDS OF COMPLETE FAMILIES WHERE LOST, MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF INNOCENT PEOPLE WHERE KILLED, YOU ARE RIGHT IMMIGRANTS HAVE TO LEGALIZE BUT THEY HAVE THE RIGHT TO GO HOSPITALS, SCHOOLS EVERYWHERE, THE GOV OF ARIZONA IS STARTING THE MOST FRIGHTENING SCENE IN HISTORY, HATE, HATE THRU ALL MAN KIND, AND IT WILL INCREASE RACISM, US GOV HAVE TO STOP THIS ATROCITY BECAUSE IF THEY DONT IT WILL GO OUT OF CONTROL RACISM WILL INCREASE NOT JUST WITH LATIN AMERICAN PEOPLE BUT, AFRO AMERICANS, JEWISH, AND ALL THE MINORITIES BECAUSE WE ALL KNOW THAT IN AMERICA MILLIONS OF PEOPLE ARE RACIST, THIS WILL GIVE THEM THE OPPORTUNITY TO EXPRESS AND KILL…JUST THINK ABOUT THIS…DO YOU WANT YOUR CHILDREN TO BE RAISE IN A HOSTILE ENVIRONMENT WHERE THEY CAN KILL YOU IN THE STREETS JUST BECAUSE YOU ARE DIFFERENT PHYSICALLY OR IN A DIFFERENT WAY OF THINKING??? WE ARE ALL HUMAN..LETS GIVE US PEACE INSTEAD OF HATE, HUGS INSTEAD OF SHOTS…

      • molly says:

        Steven,I see your focus is on Mexican immigrants. I have to start by asking you to please do research on immigrants and learn what they are about. Please do not give comments on "hear say" or what you assume immigrants are. These "Mexican Immigrants" are here looking for a better future for themselves and their family(just like your ancestors). Most immigrants have been here for years 20+. This is there home, where their children were born and raised.Please do some research and know the facts of what true immigrants are and the role they play in society. A huge majority pay taxes. Do you really think that immigrants work and employers do not deduct taxes because they are immigrants (hmmmmmm, I can assure they do). Hence, what happens to all the deducted money millions of immigrants put into the system every year? Is it just floating in limbo, does it not count? Check stats with IRS. Immigrants also obtain ITIN's and file income tax (the government has found a way to get their money). These immigrants contribute 100 percent plus. My final words are,THIS IS THE USA, THE MELTING POT,IMMIGRANTS (I INCLUDE MYSELF EVEN THOUGH I AM A US CITIZEN) ARE HERE TO STAY, REGARDLESS OF WHAT ANYONE THINKS, WE ARE HERE TO STAY AND NO MAN OR LAW HAS CHANGED THIS, AND NEVER WILL!!

      • Steven Tarlow says:

        Interesting that you speak of hearsay, Molly. I speak from experience. You, however, clearly don't know that most undocumented workers are paid under the table. I suppose Uncle Sam must be clairvoyant in that situation. If you've lived the situation and can walk the walk rather than just talking the talk, give this audience some details regarding why you're correct and I'm off base.

        By the very nature of the fact that they are undocumented, they are not filing ANYTHING with the IRS. If that's 100 percent plus, then you've invented a new math. Keep in mind that there are always exceptions, but I speak directly from family experience in a business that hired undocumented workers. I also lived through all of the things I'm discussing. Ever been in the alley behind a south San Diego Home Depot early on a weekday morning?

        Molly, why not get yourself a dictionary and look up the definition of "hearsay." Also, spare us your melting pot rhetoric. America at best has been a salad, and we all know how well water and vinegar "melt" together. Is it a tasty salad? Yes, for the most part it is. Many people would give anything to live in a country like America that gives the people so many rights. However, we're talking about people who abuse the system, people who enter illegally and make no effort to play ball the right way. And THEN there's the drug trade and more police who died because they were on the wrong end of an AK-47.

        And you talk to ME about hearsay and the magic of the melting pot?

    • Tammy says:

      I am TOTAL agreement with you Violet! We need more people with your opinions!

  9. ZIONIST POWER says:

    Jan Brewer

    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Janice Kay “Jan” Brewer (born September 26, 1944 as Janice Drinkwein) is the 22nd and current Governor of the U.S. state of Arizona and is a Neo-Conservative Republican in the tradition of Leo Strauss, William Kristol, Norman Podhoretz, and Irving Kristol. Janice Drinkwein Brewer automatically became governor of Arizona as part of the line of succession as determined by the Arizona constitution, thus not being elected by the people of Arizona, replacing duly elected former governor Janet Napolitano. Jan Brewer became governor at a time of extreme economic upheaval for the state, and issues such as a dwindling tax base, record foreclosures, public education funding, immigration reform and healthcare have all been key issues during her time in office.

    She is also noted for her feud against actor/singer Ricky Dôminguez regarding illegal immigration laws.

    Brewer was born in Hollywood, California to Perry and Edna Drinkwine, and raised in a conservative Jewish Ashkenazi home (surname originally Dernkwein). Her father died of lung disease when she was eleven years old. She married John Brewer and worked in Glendale, California before moving to his hometown of Phoenix, Arizona in 1970. They later moved to Glendale, Arizona where he became a successful chiropractor and found success in real estate as well. She gave birth to three sons, one of whom died from cancer in 2007.[2]

    Brewer attended Glendale Community College in Glendale, Arizona.[3]

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