April 23rd, 2010
04:38 PM ET
4 years ago

Arizona governor signs immigration bill

PHOENIX, Arizona (CNN) – Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed a state bill Friday that requires police to determine whether a person is in the United States legally, which critics say will foster racial profiling and discrimination but supporters say will crack down on illegal immigration.

The Republican governor also issued an executive order that would require additional training for local officers on how to implement the law without engaging in racial profiling.

"This training will include what does and does not constitute reasonable suspicion that a person is not legally present in the United States," Brewer said after signing the bill.

Previously, officers could check someone's immigration status only if that person was suspected in another crime.

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Filed under: Arizona • Immigration • Jan Brewer
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  1. ib

    Way to go gov. I wish more gov.'s had the courage to do something like this.

    April 23, 2010 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  2. Wally

    All those rich white Republicans in Arizona are now going to have to clean their own houses, do their own gardening, install their own carpet, lay their own tile, remodel their own homes, and stop drinking wine and eating fruits and vegetables that are picked by our friends that come here for a better life in the US.

    April 23, 2010 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  3. gary

    This is a sad day in America. When times get hard, people are looking for scapegoats. We shouldn't be turning on each other! This reminds me of how the Jews were treated in Germany by the Nazi's.

    April 23, 2010 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  4. Jacq,USMC

    Here's the deal so you understand,these people are a very important part of the economy,and the food chain.They touch almost 95 % of what you eat before it gets to your table.As a truck driver that picks up in all lower 48 states,I've found them to be hard working and have strong values their not criminals they want to make a honest living.There is no excuse for breaking the law but they do need to be showed or told how to obtain citizenship the right way.As American and veteran who have served this country with immigrants who so rightfully earn their citizenship.This is something that needs to be address and can't be swept under the carpet much longer.I stand with my brown brothers who want a path to citizenship,but no mistake about it I also stand with my country in regards to the law.There is no question the system is broken and some will say out dated,but there needs to be serious debates from both sides of the isles.Not all Hispanics people want to become citizens and take pride in their country as I do mine.I say this' all races in this great nation the United States Of America we all depend on each other for one reason or another,there are all races that defend this nation on a regular bases that put their life on the line so we have the freedoms,so tread carefully and be considerate of others,and to the fool who is yelling the loudest,how did you enjoy your dinner today ever wonder how it got to you table?

    April 23, 2010 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  5. Gerry NH

    I lived in El Paso, TX for 16 years. It was bad then but it is worst now.. Today 6 police officers were killed accross the border. We need to clamp down and keep the illegals and drug runners out of America.

    April 23, 2010 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  6. Deport Illegals and Stop them from entering our Country!

    This type of law should have been enforced years ago. Then maybe this Country wouldn't have so many of the issues pertaining to Illegal Immigration as we have today. There shouldn't be a problem with this bill except for all the dems who will undermine anything not done by them. Obama is pissed because he can't take credit for the law. It is no more unconstitutional then Obama demanding people buy health insurance via the Government.

    April 23, 2010 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  7. Moosehead

    Notice how many of the comments on the topic seem to implicate Pres. Obama,... like he's the culprit in this whole sad scenario. Truth is,... this is a racist piece of legislation,.. it's no accident that Arizona was the last state to recognize Martin Luther Day,.. also no accident that they have put forth Birther legislation,.. and now this. I wonder how many professional athletes of color,.. will now want to play for Arizona teams? How many people with a conscience will take their tourist dollars to other states? It's a loose/loose situation for the people of Arizona.

    April 23, 2010 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  8. Henry

    ... best question: how much of a police state do we want America to be? This should not be a law enforcement issue, the problem is corporate America's need/greed for cheap labor ... jobs Americans cannot afford to take. Cut corporate profits and keep America 'green' (hire Americans wherever possible and stop corporations from offshore tax-shelters).

    April 23, 2010 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  9. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Congrats Arizona – you have officially made America one step closer toward a Nazi military police state. Republicans at work – making America more and more of a police state in the name of "your protection". Where are you papers?

    April 23, 2010 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  10. Robert

    All this is just political. I can't wait to see this state going broke for lack of bussiness.
    From tourism to just labor worker, renters, etc.

    April 23, 2010 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  11. Maria

    I am an immigrant and a US citizen. My family moved to the US from Greece in 1973. It took my parents two years and many trips to the US and Greek Embasy in order for us to get our visa. My parents were dirt poor and worked two jobs each. They purchased a home within 5 years of being in the US and eventualy owned their own business. This is the land of oppurtunity, the greatest country on earth! I love this country! I understand why people would want to live in this great country; BUT they need to enter it legally!!! Way to go Arizona!!!!!!

    April 23, 2010 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  12. grr

    Dominican mama 4 Obama
    "I am saddened, as a legal immigrant, by those other legal immigrants posting here their joy that "illegals" willbe persecuted in this manner. You have evidently forgotten, perhaps, what may have brought your family here in the first place. And are more than willing, now that you are safely esconced to turn your back on others that you can now proudly join in calling ILLEGALS.
    ...
    Wow. Fine. Are they also rounding up illegal Asian, Russian, African , European immigrants or are they just targeting my brown-skinned, easy to spot Mexicans and Central Americans brothers and sisters."

    This is the kind of posting that scares and infuriates me.
    For starters, the legal immigrants, such as my wife who is Indian, had to work to get here. They did what was required.
    Trying to group illegals with legally would be like calling rapists 'Sex Workers' in Nevada.
    The simple fact is, that illegal is illegal.

    Now, the 2'nd paragraph is the worst of it. The majority of the other illegals working at lower jobs ARE latino, but there are plenty of non-latinos there. And yes, they do catch them as well. In addition, Az implemented an E-verify rule a couple of years ago. That makes all business responsible for their hiring illegals. 2 strikes and you lose your business license. Who does e-verify target? EVERYBODY. That includes ALL races, nationalities, etc. Who did not catch was the day workers. This bill is catching the day workers. IOW, without this bill, there is blatant racism going on.

    April 23, 2010 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  13. SoCal Girl

    I'll be very curious to see how many blue-eyed, blond immigrants get asked for their IDs (I happen to know several here in California). My guess is none and at the same time, I expect that people like me who speak Spanish and have dark hair and eyes (despite being decended from Pennsyvania Dutch settlers in the 17th century) will be harassed over and over.

    Stupid laws like this one won't solve the problem of illegal immigration (and it is a problem); they just exacerbate the already ridiculous level of Anglo xenophobia. Let's work on real reform and stop scapegoating.

    April 23, 2010 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  14. Briana the college student

    I'm a democrat and I support this law, it's about time someone did something about illegal immigration.

    April 23, 2010 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  15. Abe

    I am ashamed of the Republicans and there governor to sign a bill that will make it a crime for anyone to be in this country illegally. I think the governor and the republicans are forgetting Arizona is a state within the country but not the country. So they cannot speak or pass a law for the whole country breaking every law in the book and civil rights. This is a slap on our government and it looks like the Republicans and the governor have no respect for the constitution and our government. It is going to create racial profiling and peoples civil rights will be in question. The Republicans in Arizona are showing there true colors and speaking for the whole country. We know immigration is a big issue and is an issue that we need to solve, but we do not need a state that passes its own law. This will be fought in the high courts and the Republicans in Arizona are in for a political fight. The governor is afraid for her own political survival and it is a shame to sign a bill on the premises of fear. What happened to the inner courage of politicians to listen to there hearts/ minds instead of being pressured by the right or left. It is bogus of her to blame Washington and the president for the delay in passing an immigration law. I am disturbed by the Republicans attitude of being a road block instead of working with the president.

    April 23, 2010 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  16. sweet

    ok, so now i avoid arizona as I do not have travel papers, I was born in the us but people say my birth certificate isnt legal due to it not having a state listed. Now it seems people will slowly need to have travel papers eventually, hmmm beginning to sound like some country from the 30's and 40's

    April 23, 2010 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    Another wack job republican, I hope AZ has enough money to fight the law suits in court. There economy will be hurt when nobody want to come to this racist, bigotted state. The only way that the state can redeem themselves is to get rid of those nazi republicans. They are not for the interst of the good citizens in your state.

    April 23, 2010 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    Hurray Arizona!! Now it is time for the remaining 49 states to stand up to illegal immigrants. Not just Mexicans crossing that border – any terrorist could cross just as easily. If they want to be citizens of the USA – fine all they have to do is apply for citizenship! The other 7 states the so-called president thinks we have can do whatever they want. Personally I still haven't figured out where they are!

    April 23, 2010 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  19. The Giant has Awaken

    Republicans have just given away the 2010 and 2012 elections to the Democrats. Instead of focusing on reducing the size of government, Republicans allowed Gov. Brewer to sign this law which mandates racial profiling. This is just scapegoating an ethnic group. Pure unadulterated racism. Legal immigrants and Hispanics will be the victims of this bill and will fight back at the polls. This is just the beginning and because Hispanics are rising numerically as a voting block the blowback will be strong.

    April 23, 2010 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  20. Peter

    According to law an illegal immigrant being here commits a civil offense, an employer who hires an illegal worker commits a federal offense why not go after the employers? oh i forget maybe the Republicans would rather not target some of their greatest contributors in Arizone wink,wink...Obama is right this law is misguided...targeting the wrong folks throw 2 or 3 employers of illegals in jail put their faces on CNN and watch the illegals start to really disappear

    April 23, 2010 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    Hurray Arizona!! Now the other 49 states should join in!

    April 23, 2010 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  22. alpha_nu_916

    this is sickening.
    the financial cost of this legislation is going to crush arizona.
    minimum jail time for offenders.
    deportation hearings for days.
    countless lawsuits from a bevy of organizations & think tanks.
    labor costs skyrocketing.
    arizona is a state in a dire economic situation & although some of the problems can be attributed to illegal immigration, much of it can be traced elsewhere. an overreaction that is flat out racists.

    April 23, 2010 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
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