Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act (2010) Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed SB 1070 into law on April 23, 2010. The legislative intent of the bill, set forth in Section 1, states that there is a compelling interest in the cooperative enforcement of federal immigration laws throughout all of Arizona, and declares that the intent of the law is to make attrition through enforcement the public policy of all state and local government agencies in Arizona. The provisions of the law are intended to work together to discourage and deter “the unlawful entry and presence of illegal aliens and economic activity by illegal aliens in the United States.” The following is a summary of the main provisions of the bill.
Department of Homeland Security's Non-Enforcement Policy A series of policy changes announced by the Department of Homeland Security in 2010 demonstrate that the Obama administration is implementing a stealth amnesty - halting deportation of illegal aliens - for persons it hopes to benefit in the future with a permanent amnesty. This policy triggered a "vote of no confidence" by the professional employees of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.
Interior Immigration Enforcement — Musical Chairs The Obama Administration has launched a new worksite enforcement policy that ostensibly is aimed at employers and avoids the arrests of illegal workers that was an integral aspect of previous enforcement efforts. This new policy likely will have the effect of undermining any effective prosecution of employers for deliberately hiring illegal alien workers and leave the illegal workers free to seek a new job.