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Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed Senate Bill 1070, or SB 1070, into law on April 23, 2010. Supporters sought border security, while opponents feared racial profiling. The U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments to uphold or overrule an injunction on certain aspects of the law. A ruling on the injunction was released June 25, 2012.
SB 1070 Ruling Story Updated With Latest News
The Supreme Court has struck down key provisions of Arizona's crackdown on immigrants.
Following Monday's decision by the U.S. Supreme Court on the provisions of Arizona's immigration law, Fronteras: The Changing America Desk broadcast a one-hour special.
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The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision overturning key parts of SB 1070 was no surprise to some Arizona border residents. But the question remains: How will the U.S. enforce the law at the border?
SB 1070 & The Courts
Groups interested in the outcome of Arizona's immigration Supreme Court case have outlined their arguments.
The architect of Arizona's SB 1070 will testify before Congress this week, the day before the immigration law goes to the Supreme Court.
Arizona officials argue they are responsible for stopping illegal immigrants when they enter the state. Officials from Washington D.C. contend enforcing immigration laws is the federal government's responsibility.
Supporters, Opponents & Effects of SB 1070
A study finds that even though the majority of SB 1070's provisions were not enacted, it caused some migrants to move out of Arizona, and they often left their children behind to finish school.
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments April 25 in a controversial immigration case - Arizona's SB 1070. Supporters say the law has achieved one of its goals: Thousands of illegal immigrants have left on their own.
So-called self-deportation laws aim to make a place so difficult for unauthorized immigrants that they leave or “self-deport”. Arizona has passed several laws and initiatives in this vein. In spite of them, data show many unauthorized immigrants have found a way to stay.
The Politics of SB 1070
The U.S. Supreme Court is set to review the controversial law, which sparked similar legislation in Alabama, South Carolina and Utah.
Some political observers say the debate over states' rights and immigration reform is likely to shape the discourse in upcoming campaigns.
For years, Arizona's immigration-enforcement charge has been led by senior lawmakers. Lately, many of the most aggressive immigration bills were crafted by freshman state Senator Steve Smith. Now, he’s leading a fundraising campaign to use private donations for a new border fence.
As Arizona continues to battle with the federal government over immigration policy, some cities are stepping up to make a statement of their own.
The recall of Arizona State Senator Russell Pearce could lead to a discussion about immigration focused on solutions instead of rhetoric. Members of the Tea Party say there are others to carry on the cause.
Just months after he lost his seat in a recall election, Russell Pearce announces he will run again for state senate. He said he will run in a newly drawn, yet still conservative, district in Mesa.
SB 1070 & Other States
Inspired by Arizona's strict immigration enforcement law, a California assembly member has introduced a similar bill in the Golden State.
A Kansas State Representative has introduced a resolution modeled after the Utah Compact, both of which are aimed at changing the tone of the immigration debate.
The head of the American Civil Liberties Union in San Diego says he and his staff helped craft the lawsuit against Arizona's controversial new immigration law. The ACLU and other civil rights groups sued all Arizona counties and sheriffs on Monday arguing the law is unconstitutional.