Top of the Ticket

Political commentary from the LA Times

« Previous Post | Top of the Ticket Home | Next Post »

Read for yourself: The full text of Arizona's controversial illegal immigrant law

May 7, 2010 |  6:06 am

Mexico Border Fence near Nogales 4-22-10

You may have heard a little something recently about this ongoing emotional controversy all across the United States over a frustrated Arizona’s homegrown legislative answer to the problem of an unsecured federal border with Mexico, illegal immigrants flowing across and the numerous side effects of such social movements including crime.

As The Ticket wrote at the time of the bill's signing, the state and its Republican Gov. Jan Brewer are disappointed in the ongoing inadequate federal response.(See related story links below.)

Democrat President Obama criticized the state's move as "misguided." He said full-blown immigration reforms are necessary but not just now. So, both pros and cons are busily quoting whatever they can find online to support whatever they want to support and oppose, producing some positively ridiculous charges.

Meanwhile, a new poll here shows most Americans kind of like Arizona's legislative solution to federal inaction.

So today, as we often do here, The Ticket is publishing for the first time the entire Arizona illegal immigrant law. Why take someone else's version? Read the full text for yourself.

Yes, yes, this may expunge some of the fun of likening Arizona to Germany, the racial....

...profiling allegations and organizing boycotts of boycotters. We also have below the governor's ensuing executive order detailing how to implement the law and the follow-up House bill to adjust some provisions of the original Senate measure.

Her order strictly prohibits state and local officials from "solely considering race, color or national origin" while enforcing the law, which takes effect this summer,and detailing the law be "implemented in a manner consistent with federal laws regulating immigration, protecting the civil rights of all persons and respecting the privileges and immunities of United States citizens."

But it also might contribute to a more intelligent debate over the actual language of the model measure, instead of what who's-its said about whats-it. That would be a shock for America in 2010.

-- Andrew Malcolm

Related items:

Forget Obama, Arizonans like their new law

Arizona Gov. Brewer explains signing nation's toughest immigration bill

So what does the new Arizona law actually do?

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signs controversial law in state melting pot

Not part of Arizona law but recommended: Click here for Twitter alerts of each new Ticket item. Follow us @latimestot.  Or Like us over on Facebook here

Photo: Matt York / Associated Press

Comments 

Advertisement










Video