Arizona's 'Safe Neighborhoods' Bill Signed into Law

Critics say immigration bill will cost too much, encourage racial profiling

Monday, April 26, 2010

Police watch as opponents of Arizona's new immigration enforcement law gather outside the state capitol building. (John Moore/Getty)

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer followed tough words with tough action when signed the "Safe Neighborhoods" bill into law on Friday. State House Bill 1070 is considered to be the nation's strictest law against illegal immigration. Among other changes, the bill requires all immigrants to carry proper identification at all times and broadens the power of local police to detain anybody suspected of immigration violations. State and local leaders who support the bill praise its sweeping reforms and cite the state's violent crime rate as reason alone for strict measures. On the other side of the debate, activists and lawmakers, including President Obama, have called the bill a "misguided" attack on the "basic notions of fairness that we cherish as Americans."

To get a sense of the debate the bill has already inspired, not 72 hours after being signed, we speak with Randy Archibold, national correspondent for our partner The New York Times. We also turn to Valeria Fernandez, a reporter with Feet in Two Worlds, a project of the Center for New York City Affairs at the New School.


Randy Archibold and Valeria Fernandez

Produced by:

Hsi-Chang Lin

Comments [3]

Peg - looks like they are pretty stringent about checking resident/citizenship status for drivers licenses in Arizona.

Here are their ID requirements for applying for a license. Note that they wont even accept out of state drivers licenses from states that don't check US resident/citizen status.

Apr. 26 2010 09:59 PM
Ken Orzel from Ft. Lauderdale

Might of be of interest that a small place like Broward County (Ft. Lauderdale) has a jail and into it are booked more than 1500 foreign nationals every month. Crimes range all over the place but all require police resources which would be better spent elsewhere. And they have those numbers because under the UN regs they have to attempt to determine where the person is from and then notify their consulate.

Frankly I am tired and taxed enough without all of this being layered on. Oh, I guess that makes me a racist but if you are here illegally and get convicted of a crime no matter how minor you deserve to be repatriated.

You might want to have the State Department share those numbers with you...Right like that will be happening soon.

Apr. 26 2010 12:32 PM

I've heard that Arizona has lenient laws about issuing drivers licenses so that undocumented aliens (including anglo-saxon looking types who travel there from all over the country) can get one there easier than any other state. Does this mean that Arizona will no longer accept drivers licenses as valid ID? Will the police there be also questioning people who do not fit the "Hispanic" profile? Can you check if it's true that Arizona issues licenses to non-citizens? Do I need to carry a birth certificate if I travel to Arizona? Why aren't Tea Partiers complaining about loss of rights (having to carry ID papers) in Arizona?

Apr. 26 2010 07:44 AM

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