The Fate of Arizona’s SB-1070

October 25, 2010 § Leave a comment

Arizona has been under the spotlight for many months now ever since the controversy began surrounding its immigration enforcement law, “Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act” (SB 1070, amended by HB 2162), which was originally scheduled to go into effect on July 28, 2010. Several lawsuits have since been filed to challenge the constitutionality of the law. Although SB 1070 has yet to survive the various legal challenges, it bears mention that Arizona is certainly not the first state to have gone down this path of attempting to regulate immigration matters at the state level. Several other states, including Ohio, are considering introducing similar measures into their state legislation. As the growing debate continues over the fate of SB-1070, it remains yet to be seen how this movement toward punitive enforcement measures at the state level will play out in the next two years, particularly following the mid-term elections.

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