The SB1070 effective date is important to many Americans, who are both for or against the controversial bill. The opponents claim that SB1070 is unconstitutional, and as such are hoping that the Supreme Court will block its effective date ASAP. The effective date is July 29th 2010.
The legislation provides rules that make it a criminal offense to be inside the state of Arizona without the proper immigration paperwork and status.
Opponents claim that the law opens up the possibility of racial profiling, although those in favor of the bill point out that Arizona is only trying to enforce the loosely enforced Federal law.
A Justice Department Brief reads: â€œArizona impermissibly seeks to regulate immigration by creating an Arizona-specific immigration policy that is expressly designed to rival or supplant that of the federal government. Â As such, Arizonaâ€™s immigration policy exceeds a stateâ€™s role with respect to aliens, interferes with the federal governmentâ€™s balanced administration of the immigration laws, and critically undermines U.S. foreign policy objectives.â€
So far, the courts have blocked the requirement for immigrants to have their paperwork available.Â It also blocked the portion of the law allowing officers to check immigration status during traffic stops. Furthermore, itâ€™s still not a criminal offense for an undocumented individual to have a job (that part was blocked too). So basically all the parts of the bill set into place to protect citizens and LEGAL aliens were blocked.
So basically, the Federal government is upset that a state is going to enforce a law that they (the Feds) have on their books, but loosely enforce.Â Although Americans lives are at stake down near border towns, the system seems to be siding with the opponents.Â It will be interesting to see if SB1070 will be thrown out before its effective date.
Source: New York Daily News