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ERIC Number: EJ962522
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-1074-1917
Special Content: Voices of the Next Generation
Trejo, Michael
Harvard Journal of Hispanic Policy, v23 p23-28 2011
In April 2010, Arizona passed the Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act, commonly known as Senate Bill (SB) 1070. The bill provides for the following: (1) that law enforcement officials may inquire about a person's citizenship status if they have been stopped, detained, or arrested for some other reason and provided that the inquiry is not based on race, color, or national origin; (2) that any individual found unlawfully residing in the state should be referred to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement; (3) that any citizen or legal resident can bring suit against a public official or agency that implements any policy that limits or restricts the full enforcement of immigration law, including this bill; fines on state agencies could reach $5,000 for each day that the said policy remains in effect; (4) makes it unlawful to transport an unauthorized immigrant, by any means of transportation "in furtherance of [their] illegal presence." The bill received national attention, and Arizona Governor Jan Brewer's signing of the legislation in April 2010 caused uproar in the Hispanic community and a series of economic boycotts. This narrative dictated that the perceived prevalence of undocumented immigration in the Hispanic community not only disrespected American ideals but also exacerbated the state's numerous problems. The author discusses how SB 1070 was passed in Arizona and how a different approach in the community's opposition to anti-illegal immigration forces could be more effective.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Arizona; United States