The Impact Of Anti Immigration Laws

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The Impact if Anti-Immigration Laws
Ramonda Tatum
Columbia College

In April 2010, the state of Arizona passed what is now known as the most controversial immigration enforcement law. The “Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act”, later referenced as SB 1070, required immigrants to carry they registration document on their person at all times. This would seem like reasonable expectation, that one must always carry identification documents on them. However, the controversy surrounds the part of the bill that “requires police to question people if there’s reason to suspect they are in the U.S. illegally” (Bash, 2010). This created a statewide discrimination against Latinos as well as other who looked to be of foreign descent. Many other states passed similar laws after 2010. Most of those states experienced a similar backlash as Arizona because of the implications, tactics and negative impacts of the law. A few of the negative impacts included diminished trusts between the community and police, increased in occurrence of factors that lead to criminal behaviors, reduced citizen cooperation and the negative effects on the economy. While much of society opposed the law and its parameters, there are advocates for the law. Many advocates for the law believe that criminal activity will decrease, illegal immigrants will be discouraged from migrating to the area, and the job market will increase for documented residents. One of the main
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