• Wild Week for Arizona's New Immigration Statute
  • May 13, 2010 | Author: Jeffrey W. Toppel
  • Law Firm: Jackson Lewis LLP - Phoenix Office
  • The fervor surrounding Arizona’s new immigration statute, Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act (Senate Bill 1070), has grown in the days since Governor Jan Brewer signed the Bill into law on April 23, 2010. The Arizona legislature adjourned on April 29, 2010, which means the Act will become effective 90 days later, July 28. The whirlwind of activity will likely increase in the period before the statute is scheduled to take effect.

    On April 29, 2010, three separate lawsuits were filed challenging Senate Bill 1070. The first was filed by the National Coalition of Latino Clergy and Christian Leaders in U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, alleging that the Act “creates state-wide immigration regulations [that are] independent from the existing federal system and clearly conflict[] with federal immigration law.” In addition, a well known Arizona civil rights lawyer filed two separate lawsuits in federal court (one on behalf of a police officer in Tucson and the other on behalf of a police officer in Phoenix) alleging, among other things, that the Act violates the First, Fourth, Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments of the United States Constitution. Leaders of three prominent civil rights groups announced they are planning to file a lawsuit to challenge the Act.

    Meanwhile, calls for boycotts of Arizona businesses have spread and even gained momentum. Further, officials in San Francisco and Los Angeles have proposed that their cities not do business with companies in Arizona. Elected officials in other places, including St. Paul, Minnesota, have called for a boycott. Several groups have reportedly cancelled conventions planned for Arizona in opposition to the Act.