Its technical name is "The Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act." It is a law passed by the Arizona state legislature which comes into effect on July 28, 2010. Under the new law it is a state misdemeanor crime for an alien to be in Arizona without carrying registration documents required by federal law.
Under the law, police are required to make an attempt, when practicable, to determine a person's immigration status if there is reasonable suspicion that the person is an illegal alien during a "lawful stop, detention or arrest made by a law enforcement official." Police may arrest a person if there is probable cause that the person is an alien not in possession of required registration documents and a person arrested cannot be released without confirmation of the person's legal immigration status by the federal government.
A person is "presumed to not be an alien who is unlawfully present in the United States" if he or she presents any of the following four forms of identification:
(a) a valid Arizona driver license;
(b) a valid Arizona nonoperating identification license;
(c) a valid tribal enrollment card or other tribal identification; or
(d) any valid federal, state, or local government-issued identification, if the issuer requires proof of legal presence in the United States as a condition of issuance
There are other interesting provisions of the law, but this intro is already getting to be too long.
How much do you know about Arizona's new immigration law?
Some, but not a lot
From what you know about Arizona's immigration law, do you support or oppose it?
I strongly support the new law
I somewhat support the new law
I'm not sure what to make of the new law
I somewhat oppose the new law
I strongly oppose the new law
Something else (what?)
If the law is in force in 2011, do you thing major league baseball players should refuse to play in the All-Star game, currently scheduled to be held in Phoenix?
Something else (what?)
Which of the following statements do you agree with?
This law will encourage racial profiling
It is fundimentally wrong to be able to require someone to carry proof of citizenship, whether they are a US citizen or not
There is nothing wrong with requiring people to carry proof of citizenship whether they are a US citizen or not.
It is fundamentally wrong to require persons who are not US citizens to carry proof of citizenship while in public
There is nothing wrong with requiring non US citizens to carry proof of citizenship while in public.
It is fundamentally wrong to require someone to produce their proof of citizenship on request
There is nothing wrong with requiring someone to produce their proof of citizenship on request.
It is fundamentally wrong for police to require someone to produce proof of citizenship if the police officer suspects that the person is an illegal alien
Arizona's new immigration law is racist
Arizonans have a legitimate reason to be concerned about illegal immigration and this law doesn't go too far in addressing that concern
Arizonans have a legitimate reason to be concerned about illegal immigration but this law goes too far in addressing that concern
People who don't live in Arizona and who don't live with the problems of illegal immigration that Arizonans do should mind their own business
President Obama is right in calling this law "misguided."
President Obama is wrong in calling this law misguided.
This law will positively address the problems caused by illegal immigration.
This law is just political window dressing and won't make a difference in the problems caused by illegal immigration.
This law will make things worse for Arizona by hurting tourism and giving the state a bad reputation.
I don't agree with any of these statements