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New Arizona Immigration Law, How does it affect San Diego?

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via FlickrThe governor of Arizona, Jan Brewer, signed a new law in Arizona on Friday regarding illegal immigration. This new law gives police the authority to detain people they suspect are in the U.S. illegally. This law, said to go into effect in summer, also requires local and state police to question people about their immigration status if they suspect they are in the country illegally.

Brewer backs up this law by stating that, “decades of inaction and misguided policy have created a dangerous and unacceptable situation.” Supporters of this law say it is needed to protect state residents of the 460,000 illegal immigrants currently residing in Arizona.

This right wing view on immigration has many people in an uproar. The political community is having a field day with this new law and quick to say this method of dealing with America’s immigration problem is racial profiling and has nothing to do with reasonable suspicion and lawful contact.

With California being a neighbor of Arizona and Mexico, what does this mean for San Diego? San Diego lies extremely close to the border and illegal immigration has been an issue for as long as we can remember. The San Diego Police Department is taking a different approach to the immigration problem.

On Tuesday, San Diego police officers were reminded that you can only inquire about someone’s immigration status if the person is arrested on suspicion of crime or if an officer suspects the person is involved in other criminal activity. Police officers are reiterating their long-standing policies that bar officers from randomly asking whether someone in the country is illegal.

Many people in the San Diego community are outraged with Arizona’s new law, but the San Diego Police Department wants it to be clear that San Diego Law’s are not the same as Arizona’s and no one will be stopped just to check immigration status.

6 Comments

  1. Steve

    April 29, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    The Arizona Law SPECIFICALLY does NOT allow police to stop and inquire a suspect’s immigration staus unless the suspect is apprehended for committing a crime first! Why are you mispreresenting the law? Why are you creating a straw dog? This is not journalism. Read the law first before you spout out your propaganda!

  2. alexis

    April 29, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    fuck u steve

  3. Editor, San Diego Entertainer

    April 29, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    In response to Steve:

    I wanted to check on the validity of your claim, so I followed up with other news sources.

    As stated on CNN, “Arizona’s controversial new immigration law allows police to ask anyone for proof of legal U.S. residency.” The LA Times reports that “the law, signed last week by Republican Gov. Jan Brewer, makes it a state crime to be in Arizona illegally and requires police to check suspects for immigration paperwork. It also bars people from soliciting work or hiring day laborers off the street, and empowers citizens to sue to force authorities to enforce the law.”

    Arizona police officers will be permitted to ask anyone they believe to be an illegal immigrant for valid paperwork. The issue is that this will encourage racial profiling and impede on the rights of citizens.

    The California laws remain the same. Police cannot stop and inquire about a person’s immigration status unless they are suspected of another crime. — This is the case in California, but no longer in Arizona.

  4. Anonymous

    May 4, 2010 at 11:30 am

    i dont believe this mess. How dare we place a wired fence betweeen our country and another. First we take land from the native americanS and may i say most are the descendants of the hispanic indians. N

  5. Anonymous

    May 13, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    Excuse me mr editor but your wrong do not quote cnn quote the actual law.

  6. Someone who lives in AZ

    May 27, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    For someone who lives here, PAYS TAXES and like many other AZ Law abiding citizens. I say it is about time. I am sick and tired of people putting our state down. Saying boycott AZ and that we are racial profiling. That is not what the law says. Way to go Steve. I could not agree with you more. If california’s want to boycott our state and other people to. Let them. Last I checked we ilve in a free country were people have the right to bare arms and protect their property. I am tired of supporting archor babies and their parents. Become legal and then come here. We have to have legal dcumentantion when we visit mexico, a passport last time I check. So what is the difference.

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