Wednesday, April 28, 2010

New Immigration Legislation Places Arizona Political Structure Under Pressure

As the national uproar over SB 1070 grows, the Arizona political structure begins to show signs of stress. Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik, whose jusrisdiction includes Tucson, has announced that the new immigration "law" will necessarily involve racial profiling and he will not enforce it. (ABC15 Staff, Arizona Sheriff Won't Enforce New Immigration Law,, April 28, 2010). In addition, Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard, who is required to defend the legislation on behalf of the State of Arizona, has said that the statute is a "tragic mistake" and that he "would probably recuse himself" from the matter. (John Schwartz and Randal C. Archibold, A Law Facing a Tough Road Through the Courts, New York Times, April 27, 2010).

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