Senate Bill 1070


“Requires officials and agencies of the state and political subdivisions to fully comply with and assist in the enforcement of federal immigration laws and gives county attorneys subpoena power in certain investigations of employers. Establishes crimes involving trespassing by illegal aliens, stopping to hire or soliciting work under specified circumstances, and transporting, harboring or concealing unlawful aliens, and their respective penalties”

A purpose for an issue that affects the State of Arizona more than any other state in this country. But the matter of the fact is that the issue is not being handled/addressed properly: Border Safety. And when will a “real” solution come about, no one can give a direct answer. Not even the president of the United States. And currently this issue is being “treated, ” but with the wrong policy. Though a metaphor, it’s like giving someone aspirin to treat a brain tumor. The pain may go away for some time, but the tumor won’t, after it’s treated properly.

And why the wrong policy you may ask? Have you read the bill? It may be vital to do so, and not only because this post is basis, but because it’s best one have clear background on the current treatment for border safety in Arizona.

Senate Bill 1070 is composed of 16 pages all which contain specific information on the legal proceedings one maybe held accountable for if

a. one attempts to or helps an unauthorized alien

b. knowingly hires and unauthorized alien

But is not limited to explain the proceedings for those detained and present in the U.S illegally.

And so why is this not the right treatment? On a basis of points I shall address what I feel the bill fails to define and how some of the solutions to the identification of unauthorized alien workers is not the best of all.

POINT ONE: Section 2.B Page 1: What is considered “reasonable suspicion” for one to be considered an “alien who is unlawfully present in the United States” ? Not a single sub point, section, or continence define this statement. What is the officer to look to for reasonable suspicion? Physical attributes: Is this another Latino issue? And who is the main target: Mexicans or people who look like them. But is this not racism?

POINT TWO: Section 2.E Page 1: A Law Enforcement Officer, without a warrant, may arrest a person if the officer has probable cause to believe the person has committed any public offence…” What is probable cause? So I know you may be thinking I am questioning the definition of simple terms, but in the case where one is stopped for a probable cause, one has no ideas what may be, I feel like the need for a clear definition is needed. And what goes to say that this arrest won’t go beyond immigration. Because it statement this arrest requires no warrant from an officer, only “probable cause”

POINT THREE: Section 7. I Page 13: “…proof of verifying the employment authorization of an employee through e-verify program,” let stop at e-verify. In brief, e-verify is a program that allows employers to run a check on the validity of social security numbers. Often employers run this check but often won’t consider to check if the name and the social match. It cost employers time and also money, so the checking stops as soon as the social security number comes out as valid. And if “valid” is all that is required to prove the legal employment of a person, then that’s a loophole in the system.

Beyond these points there is much more that one should consider, and as simple as these point may seem, they all are the current flawed attempt to treat an issue that continues today. People will continue to come to the U.S. illegally. This immigration matter isn’t all about border security, it’s also about the people who are already here. These people may be undocumented students who need a job for an education or they maybe people who want a better life other than the one in their home country. The immigration system has been broken for a long time and border security, while it is needed, does nothing to solve the underlying problem.


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