Unfortunately, contrary to what this sign from this year’s May Day march on Washington, D.C., says, this trend may not end in Arizona.
The conflict is still raging over Arizona’s oppressive SB 1070 immigration law, to say the least—we’re talking lawsuit-from-the-White-House-level conflict here—but that’s not stopping at least three other states from inching closer to potentially passing similar legislation in coming months. —KA
The Washington Post:
The Obama administration sued Arizona in federal court Tuesday, charging that the state law usurps federal authority, would hamper immigration enforcement and would lead to police harassment of those without proof of lawful status.
Lawmakers in at least 17 states drew up bills this year similar to Arizona’s law, which allows officers to question anyone they suspect of being in the county illegally. But most of those measures are not considered likely to be adopted by state legislatures or signed by governors.
In Oklahoma, South Carolina and Utah, however, political factors improve the chances that state legislatures could follow Arizona’s lead when they convene in 2011.