Featured Issue: Arizona Senate Bill 1070

On April 23, 2010, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed into law SB 1070, also known as the Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act. The purpose of SB 1070 was to eliminate illegal immigration in the state through state and local law enforcement actions. AILA and other civic and community leaders nationwide immediately decried the law as a mean-spirited law that would foster discrimination against immigrants and racial profiling by local law enforcement agencies. In addition, AILA's national Board of Governors voted to suspend all conferences and association activities in the state of Arizona. The Board lifted the ban in 2016.

In 2010, lawsuits were brought against SB 1070 by the Department of Justice and by civil rights and immigrant rights organizations. AILA submitted amicus briefs with the Ninth Circuit and the Supreme Court in the U.S. v. Arizona case. In 2012, the Supreme Court issued its decision in that case striking down several parts of the law but leaving in place the "show me your papers" provision. In September 2016, the state of Arizona settled the lawsuit, Valle del Sol et al. v. Whiting et al., brought against SB 1070 by immigrant rights and civil rights organizations to challenge the two remaining provisions in the law. The state's Attorney General issued an opinion setting forth guidelines for how the law's two remaining provisions will be implemented.

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Cite as AILA Doc. No. 16092034.