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Arizona’s Controversial Immigration Law Takes Effect Today, With Some Parts Blocked — For Now

posted by Nicole Neroulias

Updated at 5:30 p.m. to add more links.

Arizona’s controversial new law against illegal immigrants takes effect today, but at the last minute, a federal judge blocked the section of SB 1070 requiring police to check on someone’s immigration status while enforcing other laws — the portion that critics, including vocal evangelical Christians, Catholics and other faith-based leaders, have argued will lead to racial profiling and discrimination.

It’s only a preliminary injuction. Meanwhile, rallies and protests are still scheduled for today, as faith leaders flock to Arizona and some undocumented people flee the state. My prediction, especially after reading the Associated Press story, is that all this will end up in the Supreme Court’s hands… eventually. Stay tuned for more headlines until then.

Some links to the religion-related coverage:

What do you think? Share your thoughts and other links — I’ll keep adding to this post throughout the day – in the Comments section below. 

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jason111

posted July 29, 2010 at 1:11 pm


You are a hypocrite. How can you claim to be a Christian while rooting for such a blatantly racist law as SB 1070 in Arizona? I don’t think Jesus gives a damn about nationality and arbitrary borders. Are not all people equal? Are we not supposed to love our neighbors? If your argument is based on relieving the crime problem among immigrants, then you are not thinking logically. To use an analogy, if your engine is making a weird sound, do you conclude that the whole thing needs to be thrown out, or do you investigate what the cause of the sound is and fix just the faulty component?



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A LEGAL US CITIZEN AND TAXPAYER

posted July 29, 2010 at 2:40 pm


There is a distinct and important obvious difference in LEGAL IMMIGRATION and ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION that everyone seems to be missing here…
When the european immigrants and others from around the world traveled to the United States by ships, planes or other means, these IMMIGRANTS APPLIED FOR ENTRY INTO THIS COUNTRY, at such places like ELLIS ISLAND… THIS IS LEGAL IMMIGRATION…
ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS, however, “SNEAK” into the United States using any means possible, attempting to get UNDOCUMENTED ENTRY into the United States, hoping to get jobs and make a new life for themselves, without first being properly legally documented by the United States government. These ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS need to understand that they have gained entry into this country ILLEGALLY!!!
Doesn’t it make sense… ILLEGAL VS. LEGAL IMMIGRANTS?? Our ancestors were PROUD to work hard as LEGAL immigrants to EARN THEIR CITIZENSHIP!!! The ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS who are protesting this IMMIGRATION LAW are trying to claim that they should have all of the rights and privileges that US CITIZENS HAVE EARNED AND PAY DEARLY FOR…
HELLO…PEOPLE…. UNDERSTAND that ILLEGAL ALIENS NEED TO BE SENT BACK TO THE COUNTRY THEY CAME FROM WITH THEIR CHILDREN… THEN, THEY HAVE TO RE-ENTER the United State — LEGALLY…. GETTING THE LEGAL PERMISSION OF THE US GOVERNMENT TO BECOME LEGAL IMMIGRANTS and then receive the proper papers to be able to a WORK PERMIT…and be documented as a LEGAL IMMIGRANT…
With the current CONCERN for the SAFETY AND SECURITY OF THE UNITED STATES AND ITS CITIZENS, EVERY IMMIGRANT INTO THIS COUNTRY NEEDS TO BE DOCUMENTED… NO EXCEPTIONS!!! It is for the safety and security of our country!!
UNDERSTAND THIS THE REASON THAT IMMIGRATION LAWS NEED TO BE PASSED AND STRICTLY ENFORCED… NOT JUST IN ARIZONA BUT IN EVERY BORDER STATE… THIS NEEDS TO HAPPEN TO PROTECT OUR COUNTRY, OUR CITIZENS AND OUR ECONOMY!! REMEMBER, THE UNITED STATES ACCEPTS LEGAL IMMIGRANTS!!!



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Jmo

posted July 29, 2010 at 3:12 pm


To Jason111: Perhaps before you start claiming that the AZ law is racist, you should actually READ SB1070 for you do not know what you’re talking about! Insinuating that this law would be perpetrating racism is the same misguided “political correctness” that is killing this country. If Mexico were Mars and the US was being flooded with illegal “little green men” – then it would only follow that “little green men” should be more closely scrutinized. This is not racism, but common sense! And as the law is written, the officer cannot just stop someone to question them; they must have some legitimate reason to detain the person such as a traffic violation before they attempt to establish their immigration status.
Put aside the tremendous financial burden that illegal immigrants place on this country for a moment and consider this: Among the thousands of illegal immigrants that sneak across our border every day are violent gang members, members of drug cartels and terrorists. It is common knowledge that because of the current no-fly-list, terrorists wanting to come to the US now go to Mexico where they learn Spanish and then find easy access across our border. These people are not coming here to assimilate into the melting pot or to work in the fields. They are coming here to continue their violent criminal and terrorist behavior. There is a war going on right here and we need to wake up. Not only is our individual safety at risk, but our national safety and security is also at risk. The citizens of Arizona and of every state have a right to expect their government to protect them. Article Four of the Constitution clearly states that the Federal government shall “protect the states from invasion and violence”. On January 20, 2009 Mr. Obama put his left hand on a bible, raised his right hand and swore an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States, so help him God. Clearly, he is failing to do this.
Right now, nine other states have taken action in court to legally back Arizona. Whether or not the Arizona law survives, as citizens we must demand that our federal government address this issue and find a solution to control our borders.



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jason111

posted July 29, 2010 at 3:47 pm


to Jmo: although you are completely wrong in your mindless Fox News-influenced analysis, it is not possible to gauge the entire racist effect of the law solely by reading it. The reason for this is that the practical effect of the law is that police-officers will focus on skin color in enforcing the law, and the fact that a legitimate reason for a stop must occur is irrelevant and a nullity because (1) a legitimate stop is not defined in the law, (2) legitimate stops unavoidedly include any minor traffic stops(including for perceived or fabricated violations), and (3) even if a police officer were to stop a person without a legitimate reason, the person would have no recourse for that violation once they are deported. You can not assume that police officers always follow policy. You must have checks on the police, we learned this lesson the hard way during the 70s and 80s. The prime reason that people are upset about this law is because it is legalizing the same racial profiling that blacks have faced on for decades (and for the record I am not black, but I do recognize the blatant racism that has occurred).
And as for your comment on Obama and the Constitution: you may want to give the Constitution a good read, because it does not say anything about immigration or kicking illegal people out of the country. In fact, the Bill of Rights gives the rights contained within to all people, not just U.S. Citizens. This is a common misunderstanding that makes right-wing Americans and so-called “Christians” believe they are better than everyone else in the world.
Finally, I don’t know why I waste my time writing comments here, as the typical reader is stubborn and blind to reality. You can not just trust everything you read from right-wing (or left-wing) media. You need to think for yourself. Why do you allow yourself to be influenced by an opinion just because your pastor or FoxNews says it’s the truth. Be your own man (or woman). I’m a Christian and I know the Bible advocates wisdom and thinking and following the teachings of Jesus. It does not advocate following the teachings of mere men.



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Jmo

posted July 29, 2010 at 4:12 pm


You’re right Jacson111, you shouldn’t waste your time writting comments here because apparently you drank the Kool-aid and have your liberal head up your ass!



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JosephJ

posted July 29, 2010 at 4:57 pm


I am hearing reports that hispanic people – illegal, legal immigrants, and citizens – are starting to leave Arizona. Sad to see, but I’m interested to how exactly this will impact Arizona’s economy. Maybe we’ll finally get an answer to whether illegals are taking jobs from Americans, or are they doing jobs that “real Americans” don’t want to. I have my suspicions, but no empirical evidence at hand. I do think some people will have their eyes opened to the fact that entire industries – right or wrong – depend on the cheap labor of undocumented workers. If the trend continues nationally, how will we react when we have to start paying what fruit (and other goods and services dependent on the undocumented) really costs? One of the reasons there are so many illegals in this country is because industry and the government have intentionally turned a blind eye for decades so we can continue to pay less than what we should.



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NPR PRN

posted July 30, 2010 at 8:59 pm


I’m a native Arizona and a L&D nurse. I am so sad to see SB 1070 pass because I truly believe it is a terrible attempt to allow fear and meanest to overcome what it means to be a American. I do not see most “illegals” being a threat to me or my kids. Most of the ones I meet (yes at work, having anchor babies) are trying to give their children the best future they can. The are hard working, loving people. Due to most circumstance beyond their control- to give their family a future, they have to “sneak” in this country. They would like to be “legal” but at this time we have 50,000 legal spaces and more then 12 million people here. If we were in their shoes would we do anything different?
This law is a way for the Republican to demonstrate how tough they are. To get everyone stirred up against the bad illegals and forget to look at how varies big business are changing the rules never for the average person. Solutions can be made (my conservative brother & I came up with a proposal after 3 minutes); but only if we can stop with fear and meanest.



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