Anger grows over Arizona’s new “papers please” law cracking down on illegal immigrants grew Monday as opposition, to the Arizona immigration law sb1070, used refried beans to smear swastikas on the state Capitol, civil rights leaders demanded a boycott of the state, and the Obama administration weighed a possible legal challenge.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Tuesday that she has “deep concerns” with a new Arizona law designed to crack down on illegal immigration.
Napolitano, who noted that the Justice Department is reviewing the measure, said she fears that it would siphon away resources that would otherwise be used to pursue individuals who commit major crimes while in the country illegally.
AP News Coverage of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano
Activists are planning a challenge of their own, hoping to block the law from taking effect by arguing that it encroaches on the federal government’s authority to regulate immigration and violates people’s constitutional rights by giving police too much power.
AP News Coverage of opposition rallying against the new immigration bill
Mexico’s Foreign Ministry on Tuesday issued an advisory to Mexicans living and working in Arizona following the signing of a controversial law to stem illegal immigration in that state.
In Arizona “there is a negative political environment for migrant communities and for all Mexican visitors,” the advisory states.
The new law requires Arizona police to determine whether people are in the United States legally if there is a reason to suspect they aren’t.
Although the new law doesn’t go into effect until 90 days after the close of the state’s legislative session, the Mexican government advised its citizens in Arizona to begin carrying all immigration documents with them immediately “to avoid needless confrontations.”
Anti SB 1070 slogans have begun to spring up
Below image by “No borders and Binaries”