Phoenix AZ immigration news: Arizona’s immigration law under fire

05/03/2010 // West Palm Beach, Florida, USA // Nicole Howley // Nicole Howley

Phoenix, AZ—Arizona’s immigration law, or otherwise known by some as the “anti-immigration law,” has been the source of heated debates regarding its constitutionality, creating a slue of imminent lawsuits. While a new Gallup poll released on April 29 revealed 51 percent of country is in favor of the new immigration measure, several special interest groups have begun filing federal lawsuits, as reported by information provided by the Desert News and AZCentral.

The immigration law, which will be implemented in midsummer, will make it a crime for illegal immigrants to be in the state of Arizona. The law will require police to check for evidence of legal status and will prohibit people from hiring for soliciting work off the streets. Kris Kobach, a University of Missouri-Kansas City law professor stated, “The law dose not seek to regulate immigration but merely adds state penalties for what are already federal crimes. Under the legal doctrine of ‘concurrent enforcement’ states are allowed to ban what is already prohibited by federal law.” There is reportedly an explicit ban on using “race, color, or national origin” as a sole basis for asking someone for immigration papers.

The National Coalition of Latino Clergy and Christian Leaders filed a federal lawsuit on April 29, which alleges the law “improperly intruded into the federal government’s ability to regulate immigration.” The lawsuit is reportedly looking into creating an injunction to keep the law from taking effect this summer. The American Civil Liberties Union, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and the National Immigration Law Center are all expected to announce that they too will fight the new legislation. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder also stated that he is considering a possible legal challenge regarding the law.

Although many people are opposing the law, a recent Gallup poll revealed some interesting perceptions of the law among U.S. citizens. The poll found that “Fifty-one percent of those polled nationwide who said they have heard of the new law favor the measure, which grants police to right to ask to see proof of citizenship from anyone they suspect of being an illegal immigrant. Thirty-nine percent said they oppose it.”

Arizona is reportedly the home to over 460,000 illegal immigrants.

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