Every time a major piece of legislation is signed or a controversial bill advances, I get bombarded with press releases from notable people and organizations that want to weigh in. Today, as expected, my inbox was flooded with reaction to the new immigration law, S1070.
Here are just a few snippits from the statements I’ve collected so far:
“We fear that SB1070 will create a chilling effect that will make some parents hesitant to send their children to school, even if those children are eligible to attend Arizona public schools, thus inhibiting such opportunities for success.” – Arizona School Boards Association.
“The Governor did the right thing by signing Senate Bill 1070 into law. It mirrors the ‘Enforcement First Act’ I authored five years ago in the United States House of Representatives. As John McCain and others serving in Washington have alternated between inaction and amnesty, Arizona acted decisively today to enforce the rule of law and truly secure our border.” – J.D. Hayworth, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate who is running against Sen. John McCain.
“Brewer’s signing of SB 1070 is just the most recent example of government-gone wild in Phoenix. She will likely also receive another bill, SB 1024, which gives the Secretary of State discretion in whether or not to put Barack Obama on the ballot in 2012 based on false claims that he is a Kenyan.” – Pima County Democratic Party.
“The bill the Governor just signed does nothing to secure our border or make us safer from the cartel violence behind most border crime. We need stronger penalties against illegal entry, and I have made specific recommendations to the President for real federal border reform.” – Attorney General Terry Goddard.
“Although the tendency to seek scapegoats during a recession is all too common, Arizona will pay a heavy price for codifying nativism. SB1070 will exacerbate Arizona’s economic train wreck, since Latino’s - citizens or not – will seek a more hospitable place to live, work, pay taxes, and spend their hard-earned money. Since Latinos will fear to report crime, neighborhoods will become less safe. Police resources will be stretched to the breaking point, interfering with their ability to pursue dangerous criminals.” – Arizona Interfaith Network.
“Gov. Brewer promised to do ‘what’s right for Arizona’ with SB1070. Instead, she did only what’s right for her upcoming Republican primary. What a wasted opportunity for the governor to show true leadership and courage. Now, our state will suffer as the clock rewinds to the bitter, divisive days of Ev Mecham, when Arizona was seen as a national embarrassment. By signing SB1070, Gov. Brewer has sealed her own legacy of failure.” – Don Bivens, chairman of the Arizona Democratic Party.
“The proponents of this bill have falsified crime statistics and blamed undocumented migrant workers with all sorts of exaggerated claims in order to get their way. And, with the stroke of her pen, the governor will hand state power over to the mechanics of bigotry and oppression.” – Arizona Employers for Immigration Reform.
“By signing this bill into law, Brewer has just authorized violating the rights of millions of people living and working here. She has just given every police agency in Arizona a mandate to harass anyone who looks or sounds foreign, while doing nothing to address the real problems we’re facing.” – Alessandra Soler Meetze, executive director of the ACLU of Arizona.
“This will give state and local law enforcement officials important new tools for the fight against illegal immigration. I strongly support its passage and look forward to defending the law in court next year should I be elected attorney general.” – Andrew Thomas, a Republican candidate for Arizona attorney general.
“(Brewer) joins a long line of other Arizona politicians who are trying to ensure their own political survival at the expense of the people they claim to represent and serve. This is a watershed moment for the President and Congress. Will they continue to abdicate their responsibility and allow other states to follow suit or will they show leadership and respond to the state of emergency that our communities face by enacting comprehensive immigration reform?” – Janet Murguía, president and CEO of National Council of La Raza.
“This is a discriminatory policy that cannot be enforced without committing grave breaches of due process and equal protection. The law will not withstand legal scrutiny, and I call on the president immediately to reject it in the strongest possible terms.” – U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva.
“I will not tolerate racial discrimination or racial profiling in Arizona.” Gov. Jan Brewer.
“Arizona should brace for the inevitable response to its leadership’s folly – decreased cooperation with police that yields higher rates of crime, decreased international commerce that has ripple effects throughout the state economy, and a significant waste of taxpayer resources on defending and vainly attempting to implement a deeply flawed law.” – Mexican American Legal Defense Fund.
“It is hypocritical of Brewer to have stood in front of two large Latino functions and say that she would do what she believes was right for Arizona. Eroding our economic recovery and marginalizing communities does the exact opposite of what is right.” – Sen. Jorge Luis Garcia, a Democrat from Tucson.
“The costs in human and economic terms will be felt for a generation, if not more. The idea that SB 1070 will secure borders and insure safe neighborhoods is ludicrous and unsupported.” – Rep. Ben Miranda, a Democrat from Phoenix.
“We need to secure the border, and we need to secure it now. That’s why I voted for SB1070, and that’s why I urge the governor to sign it. Gabrielle Giffords, meanwhile, won’t just be honest with southern Arizonans. Once again, she’s standing with Barack Obama – not with the interests of her constituents.” - Jonathan Paton, a Republican who is running against U.S. Rep. Giffords in Arizona’s 8th Congressional District.