Arizona Prepares to Enforce Strict Immigration Law

Stephen Dinan, Washington Times, June 13, 2012

Arizona is already gearing up to enforce its strict immigration law as it anticipates a favorable ruling from the Supreme Court sometime this month, with Gov. Jan Brewer issuing an executive order this week telling police to bone up on the details of the law.

Mrs. Brewer ordered that training materials produced to help police understand the law and its limits should be distributed throughout the state in preparation for a ruling.

The materials, created by a state board that sets standards for all law enforcement, include a DVD designed to help police understand the circumstances that would let them question someone about immigration status.

That power has been the most controversial part of the law, SB 1070, which Mrs. Brewer signed in 2010 but was largely halted by lower federal courts as an infringement on federal powers.

In her order, Mrs. Brewer said the materials need to “make clear that an individual’s race, color or national origin alone cannot be grounds for reasonable suspicion to believe any law has been violated.”


The Supreme Court heard arguments in the case in late April and is expected to rule before the end of June, when its 2011-2012 term concludes.

During oral arguments the justices seemed to take a dim view of the government‘s challenge to at least parts of the law, saying the state seemed to want to push federal officials to enforce their own laws rather than try to compete with them.


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  • Church_of_Jed

    If Arizona gets relief from SCOTUS, look for whatever part of the state hasn’t alread burned to ashes in recent huge forest fires to burn to a crisp within a week.

    “Mexican Lighting, and not a cloud in the sky…”

  • California shudders.

    • Diamond_Lil

      So true, and California will implode.  I’m ready, though.  How ’bout you Snow?

      •  I’m pretty well dug in.  My Whitopia is on a large hillside with only two entrances that are easily defensible.  I have plenty of small arms and assorted ammo plus food and water for 3 months.

  • MissBonnie123

    I hope that the Supreme Court gives Arizona a favorable ruling. This will give legislators in other states the green light to create their own SB 1070’s and the ability to enforce federal immigration laws which this Obama Administration refuses to do.

  • MissBonnie123

    Looks like the Obama Administration had a plan to counter SB 1070. Go to NumbersUSA and read the article “DHS Announces Amnesty-In-Place for Certain Illegal Aliens Below the Age of 31.”

    This president (and his predecessors) is determined to turn a First World country into a Thirld World country.

    • Who can we thank for that?  Two words:  Marco Rubio.  Obama’s executive action is basically the Rubio version of the Dream Act.  Rubio gave Obama cover to claim “bipartisan consensus.”

      The media are touting that the plan doesn’t grant citizenship to anyone.  Does that matter?  As long as they get to stay and they’re allowed to work (which they will be), and collect gringo welfare, they got what they want.  Formal citizenship isn’t a big deal to them.  And besides, what does formal citizenship mean anymore?  In certain jurisdictions, lack of citizenship doesn’t preclude voting, and Eric Holder is doing his level worst to see to that!  Even some segments of the NRA/2nd Amendment activists want Amendment the Second to apply to illegal aliens who are without felony rap sheets or the foreign equivalent of felony rap sheets.

  • JohnEngelman

    It’s about time.