The passage of Senate Bill 1070 in Arizona has sparked even more controversy around the topic of Illegal immigration. This bill signed a few weeks ago by Governor Jan Brewer aims to crack down on the issue. It says that police officers are to detain people they reasonably suspect are in the country illegally and verify their status with federal officials. It also makes it a state crime to not carry immigration papers and allows people to sue local government if they believe immigration law is not being enforced.
“It protects all of us, every Arizona citizen and everyone here in our state lawfully,” Gov. Brewer said.
Immigration reform is a major concern for many Southern California residents since the San Diego/ Tijuana border is less than three hours away. Closer to home, COC students are forming their own opinions.
“The law that Arizona did pass is completely racial. I believe it’s unfair to those that are of another race besides white that they would be stopped or questioned for just the way they look. I don’t agree with that at all,” said Brandy Rudd, COC student.
Another student Darrell Morris said, “This is a melting pot and we feed off each other and it helps us. And we downgrade them and make them feel less worthy.”
Some students felt that enforcing illegal immigration should be handled differently.
“It’s a good idea but it’s just not right,” Christian Dizon said. “Maybe they could take another approach.”
“Find some way to just control the situation now and keep the border so that more people don’t come in. But I feel like the people here now deserve the chance to be a citizen because they’re already here and they’re already working,” said Victoria Recinos.
Americans continue to debate both sides of the argument. On May 1, urban cities throughout the country including Los Angeles held May Day marches to demonstrate for immigrants’ rights. Over the last year, Santa Clarita residents have also rallied to protest against amnesty for illegal immigrants.
The new measures in Arizona will be enacted by August, but court challenges are expected.