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Three Years After SB 1070, Political Climate Sees Change

Three years ago, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed SB 1070 into law. The bill is one of the strictest state immigration enforcement laws in the country. In that time the majority of the provisions have never been enacted, with many challenged and a few overturned.

Here’s an updated list of where the bill stands after three years:

Earlier this month, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals took up Section 13-2929, which makes it a misdemeanor to knowingly harbor or transport undocumented immigrants. Like the rest of the bill it shows the complexities of handling illegal migration.

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer’s spokesman Matt Benson says Arizona has a unique need for the harboring and transporting provision.

“Arizona communities are the ones being hit hardest by illegal immigration, the drop houses, the smuggling organizations that are transporting and harboring individuals as part of the human smuggling trade,” Benson said.

In three years the bill has had a major impact beyond the Arizona communities, sparking heated national and international conversations about racial profiling and enforcement.

Since its inaction, thousands of people who were living in Arizona illegally left. We spoke to a woman who moved to New Mexico.

She was so nervous driving to work as a housekeeper that she once hyperventilated and lost consciousness on the road, she said.

"New Mexico offer me opportunities," Jossie said. "I am going to do something for New Mexico. I am going to tell my kids to do something good for New Mexico."

Jossie's husband was able to rekindle his catering business. She has a driver's license, a document that's still available for undocumented immigrants in New Mexico.

In June, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down most of the law, but kept its heart. Arizona police are required to check the immigration status of anyone they reasonably suspect is in the country illegally. The state spent nearly $3 million defending the law.

Governor Jan Brewer told reporters after the ruling,

“We cannot forget that we are here today because the federal government failed the American people regarding immigration policy, has failed to protect its citizens, has failed to protect the rule of law and failed to secure our borders."

But since June, the political climate has shifted. The Latino vote was crucial in President Barack Obama's re-election. The Republican Party has ditched anti-immigration rhetoric.

And group of Phoenix city officials and business leaders recently went to Mexico.

Their mission, in part, was to repair any damage SB 1070 has done.

Mexican business consultant Alex Baggot asked whether [SB 1070] would be a barrier to Mexican companies relocating to Phoenix.

"If you go to Phoenix, you are probably thinking that 'I better watch out, the cops are going to get me,'" Baggot said later. "I am thinking that half the people in this room were thinking that same thing, they didn't know how to ask the question, I guess."

Phoenix city and business leaders responded the law did not represent all interests in Arizona, and the part that is in effect is different than the original bill's language. Furthermore, they said the political climate on immigration has since shifted.

It was an answer that satisfied Baggot.

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Avatar for user 'Brittanicus'

Brittanicus | April 23, 2013 at 3:28 p.m. ― 1 year, 6 months ago

ARIZONA AND OTHER BORDER STATES, MUST PAY OUT ONE OF THE LARGEST PROPORTION OF TAXES, TO FINANCIALLY SUPPORT ILLEGAL ALIENS?

CAN WE TRUST CONGRESS AFTER THE 1986 IMMIGRATION AMNESTY CHAOS?

Unlike other countries that pursue immigration, they are not fetching into that nation people who are going to leech of the rest of the taxpayers. Obviously everybody sees a calling for the highly skilled, the PhDs, scientists, engineers and many other highly educated workers and specific regulations to expedited visas. But people with no education, unskilled and who are able to sponsor old folks will add to our own seemingly endless lines of American citizens in poverty. If its so deemed we must bring across the border Guest workers for farms, agriculture, meat packing, it must be regulated properly, not the haphazard system we have today. That the owners of farms, cattle and other business must pay a living wage, and not unload the injured charges in emergency rooms and expect the hospitals and eventually the taxpayers to pay all the bills.

Without a biometric ID card the whole revision of Immigration laws is still going to fall on the taxpayers. Even the spotlight on the E-Verify system has its real flaws, that mandatory execution of this electronic program, doesn't take complete effect for 6 years. Thats ridiculous and must be in force by the first year of any new Immigration reform. Any Comprehensive Immigration Reform should only be put in motion, only when the Southern border is fully enforced. Not just more agents, but with double layered fencing complete with razor wire, designated as the original (2006 SECURE FENCE ACT) covering all federal lands, Indian reservations and private lands. There was a Theodore Roosevelt easement law passed in 1907 that gave federal authority to a 60-foot strip along the international boundary with Mexico for the United States to maintain the area free from obstructions as a protection against the smuggling of goods between the United States and Mexico. In effect, the easement provided the federal government with a 60-foot border right-of-way on which it could build the fence. So why is Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano forever making excuses about building the REAL 2 Layer fences?

I still believe that any new immigration bill should contain an amendment to BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP, that only the babies of already U.S. citizens should be able to claim that right. Just by skirting the U.S. border Patrol, or Immigration and Customs Services (ICE) at airline arrival or shipping entry ports, smuggling the unborn into the country should not be tolerated and certainly not allow the unknown numbers of progeny a right to citizenship. There was a reason for this, according to the law that after the Civil War the descendants of slaves could gain citizenship.

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Brittanicus | April 23, 2013 at 3:30 p.m. ― 1 year, 6 months ago

There should be no rushing in revisiting immigration policies, as the 1986 opened up huge loopholes and allowed millions of none qualifying illegal aliens to gain legal status. We are feeling these consequences some 27 years later, through an epidemic of FAMILY CHAIN MIGRATION, leading to the DREAM ACT and the problem of the potential of 11 to 25 million illegal aliens having settled here, paying no taxes, but still collecting hundreds of billions of dollars in free education for their children, health care in emergency rooms and a almost bottomless pit of incredible financial assistance including cash payments for every infant and food stamps. The critics are right that the parents are not entitled to federal or state benefits, but the de facto citizenship of illegal alien children are, and states are bleeding huge amounts of money, especially in the border state?

Whatever it costs to seal our borders, give ICE and HOMELAND SECURITY the tools they need to fight the growing plague. By paying now no matter the cost will save hundreds of billions annually into the future. The only reason its so expensive to these senile idiots in Washington, is that it doesn't conform to the demands of the special interests and all the corporations, otherwise discount labor would have already been severed? You will find a petition at NumbersUSA to stop this sham of the illegal alien invasion. Read more about the undeveloped border fence at AmericanPatrol and the astonishing sensor called the“Sonic Barrier” that is far advanced to the regular units they have on the border. AmericanPatrol can also illustrate to you the incompetence and intentional ignorance of the risks at the border, plus daily news and views that the Liberal press is keeping masked? Here is a few websites for petitions against illegal immigration, news and reports not seen within the pages of the left wing press. NumbersUSA carries much intelligence on specific laws, with American Patrol showing ample evidence of an extremely weak border and ineffectual control at ports of entry, including airline terminals. CALL YOUR TWO U.S. SENATORS TODAY and urge them to oppose S.744! You can call the Capitol Switchboard toll-free at 1-888-978-3094.

There is daily news also to be found here, at American Patrol and all the happenings in Washington. Corruption and abuse of all our laws, pending immigration bills and abuses in congress is available at Judicial Watch.

April 23, the daily American Patrol publicizes the outreach media articles, which usually remain concealed, but located here all in one place.

1. Blind Eye: Conciliatory FBI policies toward Islamic hampered probe into Boston bombers.
2. Spokesman for RINO Rubio compares plight of illegals to slavery.
3. Kris Kobach testifies against amnesty scheme before U.S. Senate committee.
4. Immigration Officer: Congress heeded illegal aliens, not law enforcement.
5. Don't thwart the rule of law.

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RegularChristian | April 24, 2013 at 7:17 a.m. ― 1 year, 6 months ago

I know its complicated but some of the details in the bill remind me of fugitive slave laws.

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Missionaccomplished | April 24, 2013 at 10:28 a.m. ― 1 year, 6 months ago

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Hey Birttanicass, how about a moat with alligators like Hermie Cain suggested??? It will be much cheaper than a double-fence with razors. I mean, you don't want to pay more taxes, do you?

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