Arizona Immigration Announces New Law

Top Quote A new law is announced, affecting the way immigration is handled in the state of Arizona. End Quote
  • Phoenix-Mesa, AZ (1888PressRelease) May 24, 2010 - The state of Arizona has announced the new immigration law; the passing of this law however doesn't come with out major criticism.

    The act makes it a state misdemeanor crime for an alien to be in Arizona without carrying registration documents required by federal law, steps up state and local law enforcement of Federal immigration laws, and cracks down on those sheltering, hiring and transporting illegal aliens.

    Critics of the legislation say it encourages racial profiling because anyone suspected to be an illegal immigrant is allowed to be questioned and asked for proof of residency, while supporters say the law simply enforces existing federal law. President Obama even criticized the law stating it threatened "to undermine basic notions of fairness that we cherish as Americans, as well as the trust between police and our communities that is so crucial to keeping us safe."

    Enforcement of this new law has been a major issue, and isn't supported by the Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police. Police have been put in a somewhat impossible situation. They run into the problem of enforcing the immigration laws and criminal laws simultaneously coupled with trying to keep peace, and conducting ordinary day to day policing tasks. They don't know where to turn first.

    Under Arizona law the first offense is considered a class 1 misdemeanor with the second considered a class 4 felony. If the offender is in possession of illegal drugs and or weapons it is considered a class 3 felony.

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