Arizona Immigration Law Brief
Chairs: Will Beyer, Courtney Kassel
The new Arizona immigration law has become one of the most controversial laws in the
United State’s history. The law essentially states all legal immigrants must carry their alien
registration papers and may be subjugated to be questioned by the police if there is any
“reasonable cause” that would make police officials believe that they are in fact illegal aliens.
Border states such as Arizona are long over due for some sort of legislative reform regarding
illegal aliens. States such as Nevada and Arizona have some of the highest kidnapping and
violent crime rates, which most suspect are linked to illegal aliens.
The controversy begins when the idea of racial profiling comes to mind after reading this
law. Many believe it is unethical to question someone’s legality because they are of Latin
descent. However it is becoming more and more difficult to avoid racial profiling as 80% of
illegal immigrants are from Latin countries.
Remember, this brief just provides the delegates (that’s you) with general,
background information. In order to be successful in the debates, the delegates
will have to complete additional research so they can develop educated arguments.
To get started, I would recommend looking at the New York Times: go to
HYPERLINK "http://www.nytimes.com"www.nytimes.com and search “Arizona
Immigration Law;” there you will find many relevant articles. Good luck!
THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES
Committee: Homeland Security Principal Authors: Will Beyer
Bill No: 20101207 Co-Authors:
Title of Bill: An Act to Pass Arizona's Immigration Reform Nationwide
BE IT ENACTED BY THE CIVICS & GOVERNMENT INSTITUTE OF CONGRESS ASSEMBLED
1 Preamble: WHEREAS Arizona state law orders immigrants to carry out their alien
2 registration papers and documents at all times and may be questioned by police officers if
3 they have “reasonable cause”; WHEREAS this law proves that the Federal Government can
4 stop illegal immigration; WHEREAS border crime and violence have been critically
5 affecting the safety of those who live in border states; WHEREAS kidnaps and drug cartels
6 are sacrificing the safety of Arizona’s citizens; WHEREAS the estimated illegal immigrant
7 population in Arizona grew from 330,000 in 2000 to 560,000 in 2008; WHEREAS the
8 illegal immigrant population dropped by 18% from 2008 to 2009 showing that state
9 enforcements are having a drastic impact; WHEREAS although illegal immigrants make up
10 8% of the state’s adult population, 11% of the state’s prison population are illegal
11 immigrants; WHEREAS 70% of voters approve of this bill, showing that border state
12 citizens are demanding reform dealing with illegal immigrants.
14 Be it enacted by the Committee for Homeland Security:
16 1. All illegal must carry their registration papers and documents at all time and it will
17 be considered a misdemeanor not to do so.
18 2. Police officers can stop and ask for the documents of anyone for whom there is
19 reasonable suspicion of being an illegal alien.
20 3. It is unlawful for law enforcement officials not to fully enforce the law in this
22 4. The provisions of this bill will take effect in six months.