Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act Analysis

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On April 23, 2010, Arizona Governor Janice K. Brewer signed the Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act (SOLESNA), or Arizona Senate Bill 1070 (S.B. 1070, as it is popularly known). The purpose of the act is “... to discourage and deter the unlawful entry and presence of aliens and economic activity by persons unlawfully present in the United States” (Senate Bill 1070, 2010). Arizona Senate Bill 1070 is considered one of the harshest anti-immigration law due to it’s enforcements. Nevertheless, it is not the first law of it’s kind. Geographically, Arizona is prime for an anti-immigration bill such as S.B. 1070, as it is one of four states (including California, Texas, and New Mexico) that borders Mexico. Previously, Arizona…show more content…
On June 25, 2010 the supreme court struck down three of the four challenged provisions, with “the sole surviving provision [allowing] law enforcement to question the immigration status of anyone who violates a non-immigration offense” (Brown, 2012). Nature of the problem: The belief that illegal immigration is one of the key factors in Arizona’s various social and economic issues has been the subject of much debate. Supporters of H.B. 1070 argue that the bill is necessary as a major crime deterrent and will help boost employment by giving jobs to American citizens. However, much of these claims are merely speculation or hearsay and are have no real basis. For example, Selden, Pace, & Nunn-Gilman (2011) bring up the claims made by S.B. 1070’s primary sponsor, Russell Pearce: The assertion by Senator Pearce, who took up half the time of all speakers favoring S.B. 1070 at its Senate hearing, that a Congressional Report revealed that 9,000 Americans are killed each year by undocumented workers, was testimony that the committee had no opportunity to verify or disprove before voting to approve the bill….Later attempts by the Arizona Republic to fact-check that assertion have reflected that Senator Pearce was referring to a comment made by Congressman Steven King of Iowa, but there is no known congressional report making that finding, no attribution or verification for Congressman King's comment has ever been produced or
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