April 23rd, 2010
04:38 PM ET
8 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. C

    8 Years of the Bush Error = Recession and Record Unemployment for ? Years. April 23rd, 2010 5:43 pm ET

    Kinko's will love this new law.

    Now all Arizonians will have to have laminated copies of either their birth certificate or SS card.

    Actually, all you will need is your driver's license

    April 23, 2010 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  2. ThinkAgain

    I've heard the opinion that Arizona's new law is all about suppressing the Hispanic vote.

    I hope all Hispanics registered to vote go to the polls in November and vote for Democratic Party candidates – and vote out the Republican bums!

    April 23, 2010 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    So does Palin's broken, mangled English count as "reasonable suspicion" sufficient to justify stopping her on the street and asking her to produce proof that she's a citizen?

    April 23, 2010 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  4. PalmReader

    How sweet it is of the GOPers to put the blame soley on the illegals. Typical GOP talking points, in fact.

    Perhaps if we Americans weren't so willing to offer these illegals jobs, and in so many cases accomodations to house and feed them, they wouldn't be quite so willing to enter our borders illegally?

    April 23, 2010 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  5. Singh, MI

    Finally, a state actually did something about illegals screwing us over. It's a great day for arizona when what's right takes precedence over what is politically correct. Arizona has managed to do what Washington hasn't!!

    April 23, 2010 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  6. AFR531

    If law enforcement start profiling enough whites/caucasians with accents-they'll be forced to rethink their new law .

    April 23, 2010 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  7. Rob Johnson

    Wait, so this law means they are authorized to check anyone's immigration status at any time, whether they committed a crime or not?

    In other words, you are walking down the street, not breaking any laws, and a cop can require you to "prove" you are a citizen?

    I thought Republicans were the ones who wanted to get government off our backs? This is the most Big Brother-sounding scheme I've ever heard, and nobody with any sense of civil liberties and basic human rights can possibly endorse it.

    April 23, 2010 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  8. rockaby

    People don't have to provide papers to the Police officer. Only if you are being checked for security when doing business at a bank or trying to purchase alchohol is when you should.

    I also want to ask, are people willing to pay for the jail time or law enforcement time spent with this law.

    April 23, 2010 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  9. Julie

    What's next, AZ secedes from the Union?

    April 23, 2010 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  10. calvin

    Ok all you left winger say aging how bad this will be for american people,

    April 23, 2010 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  11. hobart

    Gee, Republicans can say absolutely nothing constructive here. All they do is accuse liberals of hatred, or laws must be enforced no matter what the cost. And of course, one of the most lenient politicians on immigration was President Bush, and for some reason that gets no airtime whatsoever. So why are immigrations laws not enforced? One reason is that business, the economic backbone of the Republican party, loves cheap labor.

    So let's get this straight. If you create record deficits with a bogus war in Iraq, an across the board tax cut that not only creates no new wealth or revenue into the federal budget it drains it, and an unfunded prescription drug program, that's OK. And if it completely exhausts the Federal Budget to find and deport all illegals, that's OK.

    But spending money to get a completely collapsed economy back on track, why that's socialism.

    And while we're on the subject of hate, each and everyone of you who question the President's citizenship are practicing hate. Earth to birthers: Obama was born in Hawaii. Deal with it. Earth to birthers: only one parent has to be an American citizen, and you need to be born on American soil, to be qualified to run for President. Deal with it. And by the way, Senator McCain was born on a US Military base in Panama.

    April 23, 2010 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  12. Dawn Ada, Ohio

    When AZ police start to pull over blond haired, blue eyed people and asking for their documentation........I will then believe this is not a bigoted law. Until then, I would recommend that everyone boycott AZ.

    April 23, 2010 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  13. Mark Atl

    So what is next by GOP – the law that requires latinio people to wear yellow bends around their arms...it is unbeleiveable how far to the right has GOP/talk radio/FOX news taken teh country. Arizona 2010 smells a lot like Germany 1939.

    April 23, 2010 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  14. john in Cal

    I will make sure that I drive around and not through Arizona. Even though I am a christian white male I wouldn't feel safe driving through a state which gives so much power to their police force(1984).I'll have to write my friends there and tell them to drive over to see me instead-if they feel it's safe for them to do so. Yes we need immigration reform-but not draconian measures.

    April 23, 2010 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  15. phoenix86

    Imagine that, a governor supports a bill to uphold the law.

    No wonder Obama and the liberal fringe left opposes this.

    April 23, 2010 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  16. Jim

    We enjoyed a trip to Arizona to watch the Cactus League spring training this year. We spent a ton of money while there and enjoyed the hospitality of Arizonans in both Phoenix and Tuscon. We won't be going back however, don't want to have to carry my passport to travel in my own country. That simple! Arizona take your law and stuff it!

    April 23, 2010 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |

    The major problem with this bill is who's next? The law states they must be here legally. Sounds simple enough if you are an immigrant who has some sort of paperwork etc. Let's step back a second though. Let's say for some reason you are stopped. Can you prove you're a citizen? Several previous comments talked about just showing your ID and that's it. Wrong! You're photo ID does not prove you are a citizen. Let's think about this, how can you prove you were born here? How many of you carry around your birth certificate? That would be the only way you could prove you were born here. Ok so everyone gets a copy of your birth certificate from the county or state. Oops, here the problem, they don't give you a copy of your actual birth certificate anymore. It's some other type of document, but it states that you were indeed born in that county or state, alright then, problem solved. Oh no.......isn't that what the president was issued? The birthers will demand more, even though there isn't any more. Maybe having this law has a bright side to it. The birthers will have to get the same type of documentation that the President has showed numerous times, what will their next objection be? Does everyone remember Sargent Schultz from the TV show Hogan's Heros, he played the Nazi guard over Hogan? Now think of his voice saying, "Show Me Your Papers!" That's exactly what we are doing, exactly what happened in 1938 in Nazi Germany. Stop this insanity now!

    Remember, in NOvember, Vote NO to the party of NO.

    April 23, 2010 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  18. grr

    Voice of Reason: "How many of you are going to go out and pick vegetables in the hot sun for 10-12 hours a day for $3.50 an hour? Yeah – legal or not, these people are a fact of life, and a vital part of our economy."

    First, as a teen, I picked for a LOT less money than that.
    Second, the use of illegal labor has changed our economy in a far worse fashion. We used to move towards heavy automation. NOW, we make use of labor that is paid under the table and for less than they should. Yet, that pay is ABOVE what other nations pay (which is why they continue to come here).
    If we want to turn a wealthy nation over to our children, then we NEED to quit hiring illegals and importing from China. In addition, we MUST focus on lowering our energy costs (which means that coal is not the answer since other nations such as china have lower labor and zero environmental regs) AND bringing back automation.
    This esp. includes Agriculture as well as the service industry. Without that, all of our goods will be overpriced. It is easy to automate, but we need to focus on it. The rest of the west is currently doing that.
    The illegals have to go.

    April 23, 2010 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  19. Darth Vadik, CA

    I understand that more people approve of the bill than don't, and it may be the majority's will, but that still does not make the bill constitutional. Period.

    That's actually all I have to say about this, any other comment posted is really unnecessary.

    April 23, 2010 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  20. Mark D

    Man some of you libs are absolutely crazy. First, I'm sure the money that they save from not having to give illegals benefits will be more than enough for the extra law enforcement needed. As for the crime rates going up, thats ridiculous. These illegals are the ones committing that crimes anyway. I just can't get over what useless human beings you liberals are.

    April 23, 2010 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  21. Cynthia

    My granddaughter was borned in Puerto Rico which makes her an American citizen. Do you really think the cops can tell that she is not Hispanic? This is such a step backwards for human rights. I live in Arkansas, a town that has the largest population of Mexicans anywhere. For the most part they don't bother anyone. There are some things that I don't like about it, but they should not be mistreated. If they are disobeying the law, yes arrest them. Otherwise, leave them alone.

    George Bush opened this flood gate so his buddies could have cheap labor. I don't know how you put this genie back in the bottle. All of the children born here are legal citizens. Deport the mother? Arrest her on the way home from work and leave her children abandoned? People need to realize we are talking about real human beings with families just like us "white" folks. What would you do if you got picked up and were not able to get your children from daycare? Think this through. I don't know what the answer is, but I know this isn't it.

    April 23, 2010 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  22. SuperHiro

    Curious to see how the implementation of this goes.

    April 23, 2010 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  23. Steve

    Congrats governor on having the courage to do something in this country. This country is rapidly deteriorating and every time someone tries to do anything to improve the way of life for all American people of this country blacks, whites, Spanish etc...its called racism. Keep figjhting and don't give up. I live in California I wish there was a way I could support you. People like you make me proud to be an American.

    April 23, 2010 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    I love it;I wish more gov's had the guts to do what she did.

    April 23, 2010 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  25. Jose I used to support the Republican Party

    I can’t believe the Republican Party hates brown people. I can understand some people are in this Country illegally and we need to crack down on this. My problem is people like me who played by the rules would be subjected to harsh treatment by police at random.

    President Obama promised he would do something and now is the time to act. The Republican Party hates minorities and the Democratic party needs to stand up and stop this none sense the right way.

    April 23, 2010 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
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