The battle over immigration in the United States has been going on for years; today the big issue is illegal Latinos living in our country. Many laws have been passed to control the increasing number of illegal aliens that are entering our country, but all have failed to eliminate the problem. Jan Brewer, governor of Arizona, passed a law allowing law enforcement officers to arrest any immigrant with “reasonable suspicion” of being in the country illegally. The law known as Senate Bill 1070 or SB 1070 for short has caused an uproar throughout the nation. Not only will the law condone racial profiling, raise constitutional issues, and political problems, but it sets the stage for other states with immigration problems to follow.
Since the implementation of NAFTA in 1994 the problems of employment in Mexico has decreased, sending more than 500,000 immigrants into the United States each year (Miller 4). But where did they all go? Many migrated to Arizona, Texas, New Mexico, and other states near the Mexican border. The states which were overwhelmed with illegal immigrants now need a way to control, and abolish the problem. SB 1070 enacted in 2010 in the state of Arizona, has set precedent for other states to create similar immigration laws.
SB 1070 states "For any lawful contact made by a law enforcement official or a law enforcement agency...where any reasonable suspicion exist that the person is an alien who is unlawfully present in the United States, a reasonable attempt shall be made when practical, to determine the immigration status of the person (Allen 19). Never before have police officers, other than those of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, investigating the legal status of an immigrant, meaning police officers have no training in identifying an illegal immigrant (Valdez 6). What will officers view as reasonable suspicion? Obviously they will focus on race and ethnic origin which will create a racist environment towards all...