Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed an immigration bill Friday that is considered one of the toughest bills concerning illegal immigration ever passed.
A point of contention with the bill is the power that police have to enforce the law. Police officers are required to "reasonably attempt" to determine the immigration status of anyone they suspect of being in the country without authorization. Also, officers are authorized to arrest someone without a warrant if the officer has probable cause to believe the person has committed any public offense that makes a person removable from the U.S.
Critics say this will lead to more racial profiling of the Hispanic community.
Brewer said racial profiling wouldn’t be tolerated and police would have proper training to carry out the law.
Others believe the law could harm the Arizona community.
Alessandra Soler Meetze, president of the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona, said many citizens will be affected by the law for something simple like having an accent or leaving their wallet at home.
The law's consitutionality will likely be challenged in the courts. Currently, immigration enforcement is the responsibility of the federal government.
However, Kris Kobach, a University of Missouri-Kansas City law professor who worked with Arizona lawmakers on the measure, said the law “threads the needle perfectly” between what states can and cannot do.
Will Arizona’s new immigration law lead to racial profiling? Is the law constitutional?