The new Arizona Immigration Law recently signed by Arizona governor Jan Brewer on April 23, 2010, created tension among various groups which led various organizations to protest in streets calling either for a complete abolishment or an amendment to the said law.
Accordingly, since Arizona was one of the most prone state in the US for human and drug smuggling from the nearby country Mexico, the new Arizona Immigration Law makes it a crime for illegal immigrants to stay in Arizona.
The new Arizona Immigration Law which will take effect in late July or early August received various criticism from various groups. Among them, Peter Spiro, a Temple University law professor said that the law sedds “a clear message that Arizona is unfriendly to undocumented aliens.” In addition, Emilio Almodovar, a 13-year-old American citizen from Phoenix said: “It’s going to change our lives. We can’t walk to school any more. We can’t be in the streets anymore without the pigs thinking we’re illegal immigrants.”
In my personal opinion, the passage of this new Immigration Law in Arizona both has its pros and cons. While it is true that human and drug smuggling from the nearby country Mexico will seriously be limited if not totally eliminated, this law will also hamper the growth of tourists in Arizona as they will get scared that they will be subject for police investigations. This in turn might slow down the economic growth of the state of Arizona.
Nevertheless, the question now lies on what does a person ‘suspected of being an illegal immigrant’ in Arizona look like? How will the police be able to tell the illegal immigrants from the citizens when they demand their proof of ID? Are all the citizens in Arizona easily distinguishable from the illegals by sight?
What do you think about this new Arizona Immigration Law? Is it fair? Or are you one of those protesters who wants to veto it?