The new law obligates Arizona police officers to pull over anyone who is “reasonably suspicious” of being an illegal immigrant, and arrest them if they do not have both a valid driver’s license and a birth certificate. It also gives Arizona citizens the right to sue their local police departments if they think police aren’t doing enough to uphold the law.
Mexico immediately issued a travel advisory to its citizens after the law passed to use caution when visiting Arizona. Hotels across Arizona have reported a wave of cancellation fees as thousands Hispanic Americans have launched a massive boycott against Arizona businesses. And San Francisco Supervisor, David Campos, plans to submit emergency legislation on Friday to call for a boycott against all businesses in Arizona.
One Arizona Sheriff, Clarence Dupnik, called the new law “racist,” “disgusting” and “unnecessary,” adding that he refused to enforce it.
“It’s just a stupid law,” he said at a press conference Wednesday.
In my opinion – the law is bluntly racist, and will eventually be ruled unconstitutional.