Backlash: Arizona gears
up to combat “illegals”
Sylvia R. Lazos
Justice Myron Leavitt Professor
William S. Boyd School of Law
By Bill Garner, The Washington Times
If I thought the majority of these people
were interested in becoming American
Well we have values …. we citizens … I might be more
accepting…. But the fact is they want
don’t like illegals breaking to reap the benefits of all this great
the law in our town!!! nation has to offer, without wanting to
be a genuine part of its culture or
They take our jobs and Gov California
they don’t pay taxes.
illegal immigrants "hate American
people" and "are determined to
They are just here to destroy this country, and there is
take advantage of nothing they won't do…are trying to
benefits and have "destroy Christian America" and
an easy ride in life. replace it with "a godless new world
order …illegal immigrants are trying
to bring about the destruction of the
U.S. "by self invasion."
~ Don Larsen, Leg Dist 65
Utah Republican Party
Estimated Number of Unauthorized
in the U.S.
Source: Pew Hispanic Center &
US Dept of Homeland Security
Percent of temporary immigrants without documents who entered the US,
1993-1997, 1998-2001 y 2001-2004
1993-1997 1998-2001 2001-2004
Períod of Departure
Sources : Estimates by CONAPO, “Encuesta sobre Migración en la Frontera Norte de México (EMIF), cuestionario de
Procedentes de Estados Unidos, 1993-2004.”
How many ?
INS/DHS estimated that in 2008, there
were 280,000 unauthorized immigrants in
NV, or 2% of the total population.
In Arizona, the estimate is that there are
560,000 unauthorized immigrants, or 5 %
of the total population.
For California, the estimate is that there
2.9 million unauthorized immigrants of 25
% of the population.
BACKLASH AZ SB 1070
AZ SB 1070 – will this law lead to
Sec. 2 “where practicable, any lawful
contact by a law enforcement … of any
lawful stop … where reasonable suspicion
exists that a person is an alien unlawfully in
US [he or she shall make] a reasonable
attempt to determine immigration status..”
“… may arrest if the officer has probable
cause …that person committed a crime ..
[such as not being able to show you are
lawfully in US]”
AZ SB 1070 – will this law lead to
people being afraid of police in a way
that would hinder law enforcement
working with communities of color?
Sec. 3 makes it a criminal penalty (criminal
trespass) under Arizona law for any
noncitizen to NOT carry with him or her ID
Law enforcement may arrest without a
AZ SB 1070 – does this violate the
1st A right to associate and talk to
anyone you please?
Sec.4 prohibits an occupant of a motor
vehicle .. to attempt to hire.. passengers
for work.. In public streets”
AZ SB 1070 – of what regime does
this remind you ?
Sec. 6 allows anyone to file a complaint
with attorney general, accusing any
employer or neighbor of employing persons
or contractors who knowingly employ
The state AG may determine under AZ law
what constitutes “knowingly” hiring an
penalties to employers
SB 1070 analyses
MALDEF has a lawsuit, and complaint is
on line, detailing constitutional
Section by section analysis on line by Prof.
What about the Constitution?
Can states “muscle in” the
enforcement of federal
ART. VI, § 2, CL. 2
This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States
which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all
Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the
Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme
Law of the Land, and the Judges in every State shall
be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or
Law of any State notwithstanding.
Litigation had been filed by MALDEF
People in the streets: 250,000 expected today
in Phoenix. in Chicago on May1
US Civil Rights Office considering filing lawsuit