Arizona’s new immigration law is no longer in the hands of the Legislature or the governor. Now it’s up to local law enforcement agencies and the police training organizations to figure out how to apply it without violating the law themselves.
This week, the Arizona Peace Officers Standards and Training Board (AZPOST) kicked off a series of meetings to discuss how the new law will be followed and how to deal with the civil rights considerations that come with it. AZPOST was directed by Gov. Jan Brewer to draft the guidelines that local police across the state will use to enforce the law.
The meeting today was composed entirely of legal experts, who spent hours working to extract a very technical interpretation of each provision in the new law. The group will meet again on Thursday to continue working toward turning the new immigration law into street-level practice.
Brian Livingston, director of the Arizona Police Association, said his organization was asked to submit its civil rights-preservation standards to AZPOST, though his organization was not asked to take part in assembling the new immigration law guidelines.
AZPOST plans to offer their initial legal interpretation and training guideline for the new immigration law to Gov. Brewer on May 21. Once the Governor’s Office has reviewed the training guidelines, AZPOST must have its training rubric ready by June 22.
The law is scheduled to take effect on July 29.