It allows police to determine illegality based on a “reasonable suspicion”
It allows citizens to sue local government agencies if they believe federal immigration laws are not being enforced
In some countries like France police can ask for documents in public places, but Arizona will be the first state that will require immigrants to carry official federal documents stating their status of legality.
This kind of immigration law enforcement is normally left to federal authorities but with this bill local cops will have to act as immigration agents
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer stated that racial profiling would not be tolerated in reference to SB 1070, adding, “We have to trust our law enforcement.”
Racial profiling refers to the "use by law enforcement personnel of an individual’s race or ethnicity as a factor in articulating reasonable suspicion to stop, question or arrest an individual, unless race or ethnicity is part of an identifying description of a specific suspect for a specific crime.”
Many opponents of the bill use racial profiling as their main reason behind opposing its passage.
Cardinal Roger M. Mahony of Los Angeles said the authorities’ ability to demand documents was like “Nazism.”
With the AZ senate bill, it is illegal to “conceal, harbor or shield or attempt to conceal, harbor or shield an alien from detection in any place in this state ... if the person knows or recklessly disregards the fact that the alien has come to, has entered or remains in the United States in violation of the law.” This can be compared to the Holocaust when Germans who did not believe in Hitler’s plan would hide Jews, which was an illegal action at the time.
In Arizona, it is not required to carry a license, but with SB 1070, Arizona citizens have to in order to avoid being picked up and held for hours at a time, which is like in the Holocaust how people had to wear identification patches or they would get picked up and examined so authorities could “determine” their race/status/ethnicity.
Before the genocide in Rwanda, the Belgians issued identification cards based on what tribe a citizen was from—Tutsi or Hutu—to determine if they legally belonged to either tribe. In SB 1070, citizens are required to carry identification at all times to avoid being picked up.
This bill will require legal immigrants to carry proof of their status.
During the holocausts occurring in Nazi Germany Jew’s were being forced to have a yellow star on them at all times in order to identify them. With the Arizona immigration bill Arizona citizens will be forced to carry around registered documents of their citizenship at all times.
This will instill fear into the millions of Hispanic immigrants that predominantly live in Arizona, many of whom are already protesting the bill.