Arizona Governor Signed State Immigration Law

This afternoon we posted an article discussing the controversial immigration law that the Republican-led State Legislature passed making it a state crime to be an undocumented immigrant in Arizona. They new law gives state and local police unprecedented authority to question persons they suspect to be undocumented.

Governor Jan Brewer said after signing the law that “[W]e have been more than patient waiting for Washington to act, but decades of inaction and misguided policy have created a dangerous and unacceptable situation.”

If President Obama is serious in his criticism of the new law, the Governor may begin to see some action from Washington – at very least a challenge of the law’s constitutionality.

The law goes into affect in 90 days.

U.S. Representative Raul Grijalva closed his Arizona offices today at noon after receiving multiple threats over his opposition to the law. Rep. Grijalva said that his offices in Yuma and Tuscon have been flooded with calls this week over the new law, with some callers making threats and shouting racial slurs. He urges organizations that are opposed to the immigration measure that are thinking about holding events in Arizona to consider venues in other states.

Cardinal Roger Mahony, the head of the largest Roman Catholic archdiocese in the U.S., has condemned the Arizona crackdown on illegal immigrants, arguing that it encourages people to turn on each other in Nazi- and Soviet-style repression.

We will continue to monitor response to the law, and how it affects the immigrant community in Arizona and around the country.

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