SB 1070….Not Your Average BillApril 23, 2010 - 2:30 PM | by: Adam Housley
We were told that the Governor would announce her plans on this controversial bill during a press conference friday afternoon just a few miles from her office at the Arizona State Capitol. With that word the crowd began to build and everyone did what they could to find a place to hear what Jan Brewer had to say.
In part, Governor says she prayed for strength in deciding to sign SB1070…on her desk since april 19th after it passed th statehouse. Brewer says she “listened patiently to both sides,” and also said the bill “represent’s what’s best for Arizona.”
Brewer says she won’t tolerate discrimination or racial profiling and issued a directive to appropriately implement the bill. Including what does and does not constitute the right to determine if someone doesn’t belong in the united states. She said that the state had been more than patient waiting for Washington to act and that they have to trust law enforcement.
After her announcement, there were a few skirmishes and riot police deployed twice that I saw. Activists did what they could to control the crowd…much to their credit. Here is some video I grabbed and edited on my iPhone
EARLIER IN THE DAY
About 10 feet from my computer sits a massive brick of a radio truck, that when the side of it opens, reveals a stage. Owned by a local hispanic station here in Phoenix, the truck has become the rallying point for the thousand or so who have gathered on the front lawn of the Arizona State Capitol. Between chanting “Si Se Puede” (Yes we can) and U-S-A, the protestors hears from a variety of speakers. Mayors, locals, radio DJ’s, all are in opposition to SB1070, the proposed crackdown on illegal immigration that now sits on Governor Jan Brewer’s desk.
The bill would make it a state crime for illegal immigrants to not have an alien registration document, require police to question people about their immigration status if there is reason to suspect they are illegal immigrants, prosecute those who knowingly harbor illegals, among other provisions.
The bill passed here by state representatives back on April 19 and if Brewer doesn’t sign it by midnight Saturday Night, the bill becomes law anyway. Most observers on either side of this issue agree that her action will be groundbreaking whether or not the bill passes, possibly changing the political climate here in the Grand Canyon State and across the country.
President Obama said today this bill is partly the result of Congress’ fail to action, he condemned it and hinted the feds might step in and are going to monitor it closely if it passes. Will this legislation have the dire economic and social consequences predicted as some have predicted? Will it hurt the Republican Party here, or bolster their power? These questions will soon be answered. What do you think?
Meantime, we’ve been told by Brewer spokesman Paul Senseman that Brewer’s Office has half a dozen people answering the calls at all times. Due to budget battles and other issues in the last year, the phone lines are always lit up…but this case has taken the lead with calls coming in from all over the country. So far he believes the majority of those calling are asking Brewer to veto the bill.
While some fear this new bill if approved could be used for racial profiling, especially for the numerous Latino immigrants living in the state, the state legislature disagreed. Those who voted in favor said in a press release posted on the website of Arizona State Legislature, “the new bill a new way to protect churches, community organizations and civil rights.”
“The Bill gives our local police officers the tools they need to combat illegal immigration, while protecting the civil rights of citizens and legal residents.”
The passing of the SB1070 bill comes in the wake of the murder of local rancher Robert Krentz who was allegedly killed It is alleged Krentz, 58, was killed after a confrontation with illegal immigrants in a potential case of drug carter scout, theft or retaliation.