Utah's self-proclaimed Latino spokesman Tony Yapias, who heads up Proyecto Latino de Utah, has essentially urged Utah Latinos to boycott Arizona after Governor Jan Brewer signed into law SB1070, a controversial immigration bill which ratchets up state involvement in immigration enforcement while continuing to recognize Federal primacy in the disposition of illegal immigrants. Media stories from the Deseret News and KSL Channel 5. KSL news video embedded below:
Specifically, Yapias issued a travel advisory to members of Utah's immigrant population, urging Utah Latinos specifically to avoid traveling in Arizona for the time being. His concern is that Latinos may become a key target of law enforcement because of their physical appearance. Proponents of SB1070 will seize upon Yapias' reaction as evidence that the bill is already fulfilling its intended purpose. But Rep. Stephen Sandstrom (R-Orem) rejects the notion that SB1070 promotes racial profiling, saying that the legislation was needed. Sandstrom is concerned that many of Arizona's illegal aliens may come to Utah as a result, and intends to draft a law similar to SB1070.
On Friday April 23rd, 2010, according to the Arizona Daily Star, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed SB1070, billed by some as the toughest state immigration law in the U.S., into law. Brewer defied pressure from the Anti-Defamation League and the traitorous Latino lobbies, and rejected claims that the legislation, which gives police more power to stop and detain those not in this country legally, amounts to legalized racial profiling. She said the measure contains sufficient protections to individual constitutional rights, and pointed out that the new law prohibits police from using race or ethnicity as the sole factor in determining whether to pursue an inquiry. But she conceded that it does permit either to be used as one factor for an officer's consideration, saying that we simply have to trust law enforcement to do the right thing. As an additional confidence-building measure, Brewer also signed an executive order requiring that all police officers get proper training about when they can - and cannot - stop and question people about their immigration status. The law takes effect in August 2010.
Read the specific language of Arizona SB1070 HERE. According to the accompanying fact sheet, SB1070 requires officials and agencies of the state and political subdivisions to fully comply with and assist in the enforcement of federal immigration laws and gives county attorneys subpoena power in certain investigations of employers, and it establishes crimes involving trespassing by illegal aliens, stopping to hire or soliciting work under specified circumstances, and transporting, harboring or concealing unlawful aliens, and their respective penalties.
If you want to express support for Governor Jan Brewer, visit JanBrewer.com and sign the petition of support entitled "Support Arizona's Immigration Reform" in the upper left hand corner. You need not be a resident of Arizona to do this.
Predictably, several groups, including the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) and the National Coalition of Latino Clergy and Christian Leaders Legal Defense Fund, already have vowed to sue. Even Attorney General Terry Goddard said those who challenge the law may have a case. However, Goddard is recusing himself personally from the process because he's running against Brewer for governor, and he personally opposes SB1070, so his chief deputy will make such determinations independently But Goddard said that, as a lawyer, there are elements of the law that could be troubling - depending on how the statute is enforced. One is that ability to use race or ethnicity as a factor in determining whether there is "reasonable suspicion" to question someone stopped for some other legitimate reason about their immigration status.
President Barack Obama also criticized SB1070, calling it "misguided", and instructed the Justice Department to examine it to see if it's legal. He also said the federal government must enact immigration reform at the national level - or leave the door open to "irresponsibility by others." Unfortunately, Obama's concept of "immigration reform" includes amnesty for illegals and a guest worker program. The Mexican Senate also voted unanimously on Thursday to condemn the bill.
But all three of Brewer's Republican foes in the upcoming state primary supported SB1070, as did every Republican state legislator, except for Sen. Carolyn Allen of Scottsdale. Passage of the bill came just weeks after Cochise County rancher Robert Krentz was shot to death. It is believed that the killer was an illegal border crosser. Governor Brewer blamed the Obama Administration for creating a need for the bill, saying "Those who have failed to protect us have shown only weakness and delay". She added that top administration officials have turned a blind eye to the issues that Arizona is being overrun by illegal immigration, terrorizing the citizens. The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), falsely smeared by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a "hate group", has expressed support for the bill and published its analysis HERE.