azcentral.com wrote:Arizona governor signs immigration law; foes promise fightArizona Gov. Jan Brewer today signed into law an immigration bill
that gives the state toughest law in the nation, making it a state crime to be in the country illegally and requiring local police to enforce federal immigration laws
The new immigration law will require anyone whom police suspect of being in the country illegally to produce "an alien registration document," such as a green card, or other proof of citizenship such as a passport or Arizona driver's license.
It also makes it illegal to impede the flow of traffic by picking up day laborers for work. A day laborer who gets picked up for work, thus impeding traffic, would also be committing a criminal act.
The law goes into effect 90 days after the current legislative session ends, which is expected to be sometime in early May.
Brewer said the new state law mirrors federal law, and that she worked "for weeks' with legislators to strengthen the bill to its current form. She said it does not allow for racial profiling.
"I will not tolerate racial discrimination or racial profiling in Arizona," she said.
To assure that doesn't happen, Brewer also issued an executive order that the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board immediately develop a training program to teach law enforcement how to "appropriately implement Senate Bill 1070."
Bill opponent Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Phoenix, called this "one of the darkest days in Arizona."
"This violates the rights of all Arizonans," she said. "It will be litigated. We will seek an injunction from this law being implemented."
She said her legal concerns about the law are several, including the potential for racial profiling, whether the state has the right to even have such a law in the face of federal authority, and possible violations of due process.Sinema said her message to the community now is to "stay calm."
"There is no need to flee,"
she said. "We will be litigating."
...A handful of teenage girls was seen openly weeping after it was announced that Brewer had signed the bill.
After the chanting started, pro-bill forces began to sing "America the Beautiful."