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SB 1070- What the Current Law Means

On July 28, 2010, Judge Bolton issued a ruling on the Justice Department suit that blocked the most key and controversial portions of SB 1070 from going into effect. These include:

  • Requiring police to check the immigration status of those arrested or stopped
  • Making mandatory detention of individuals who are arrested, even for minor offenses that would normally result in a ticket, if they cannot verify that they are authorized to be in the U.S.
  • Imposing state criminal penalties for non-citizens failing to register with the Department of Homeland Security or failing to carry registration documents
  • Allowing warrantless arrest of individuals who are deemed by state or local police officers to be “removable” from the U.S.
  • Making it a crime for alleged undocumented immigrants to work

Judge Bolton’s ruling let a number of other aspects of the law take effect on July 29, including:

  • Prevents state officials from maintaining “sanctuary city” policies and allowing civil suits against those policies,
  • Mandates that state officials work with federal officials on matters related to illegal immigration,
  • Prohibits against stopping a vehicle in traffic to pick up day laborers.
  • Makes it illegal for an individual who is “in violation of a criminal offense” to

(1) transport/move or attempt to transport/move an alien in a means of transportation in furtherance of the alien’s unlawful presence in the United States;

(2) conceal, harbor or shield or attempt to conceal, harbor or shield an alien in the state; and

(3) encourage or induce an alien to come to or live in Arizona.

To violate this section, the individual must also know or recklessly disregard the fact that the alien is unlawfully present in the United States.

For Help:

If you feel your rights have been violated, please call the American Civil Liberties Union Respect/Respeto at 1-877-977-8869

If you have been harassed by the Maricopa County Sherriff’s Office please call the Department of Justice tip line at 1-877-613-2137

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