The Senate on Feb. 15 passed a bill that makes major changes to the way Arizona and its cities deal with illegal immigration.
The bill, S1070, would allow illegal immigrants to be charged with trespassing; make it unlawful for anyone who is seeking work – illegal immigrant or not – to enter a vehicle stopped on the street; and penalize drivers who impede traffic in an attempt to hire a day laborer.
The bill also would prohibit the state and local governments from adopting policies that restrict the enforcement of immigration laws. The bill also would require the state and local governments to comply with and assist in the enforcement of federal immigration laws.
The Senate voted 17-to-13 on Feb. 13 to pass the bill, which was sponsored by Sen. Russell Pearce, a Republican from Mesa. It now moves to the House.
All Senate Democrats voted against the measure. Sen. Carolyn Allen, a Republican from Scottsdale, also voted against it.
The bill has undergone significant changes since it was introduced originally. This time, there was no debate on the floor.
The version approved by the Senate says an officer must make a reasonable attempt to determine a person’s immigration status when “practicable.” Previously, the bill said officers must make a “reasonable attempt” to determine the person’s residency status.
It also was amended to require the enforcements of its provisions to be consistent with federal immigration laws, “protecting the civil rights of all persons and respecting the privileges and immunities of United States citizens.”
During the Jan. 20 hearing, lawmakers also removed a provision that would have given county attorneys the power to issue subpoenas when investigating whether businesses had violated the employer sanctions law.