Although the new Arizona Senate Bill 1070 has about seven weeks remaining before going into effect, it seems to be having an impact ahead of schedule. With student enrollment dropping in some areas and Hispanic businesses slowing down, it appears evident that the bill’s sponsor, GOP State Sen. Russell Pearce of Mesa, is already achieving the goal he and other supporters had in mind.

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer welcomed the news that President Barack Obama plans to send as many as 1,200 National Guardsmen to Southwest states help patrol the U.S. border with Mexico, but said more troops are needed, along with $750 million to reimburse the state for illegal immigrants who have spent time in Arizona's jails and prisons.

On May 17, four young immigrant students staged a sit-in at Senator John McCain’s Tucson Office. The students were demanding that McCain support federal legislation to allow illegal immigrants who had been brought to America as children to have a path to citizenship. The New York Times championed these four young adults for risking criminal sanctions and deportation, citing the new law in Arizona which requires that federal immigration laws be enforced.

anti-illegal immigrationAttorney General Eric Holder’s declaration to ABC News that Arizona’s recently enacted anti-illegal immigration law (S.B. 1070) is “not racist in its motivation,” may signal the Obama Administration’s intent to ratchet down the reckless rhetoric with regard to the country’s immigration policy, specifically S.B. 1070.

In October 2007, illegal immigrant Cecil Harvey was deported to his native country of Barbados. Because the former Brooklyn resident was held on Rikers Island for more than a month prior to his deportation, as opposed to the standard two day detention, he filed suit, claiming his “civil rights” to be violated. In 2009, New York City settled Harvey’s suit with $145,000 of taxpayer’s money.

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