The Legalization Of Illegal Immigration Essay

1508 Words Dec 7th, 2016 7 Pages
Illegal immigration has been a debated topic in America, and anti-immigrant policies in states such as Arizona, as well as the recent presidential campaign display the hostile anti-immigrant attitude held in this country. The anxiety that led to the institution of strict immigration laws came from a belief that illegal immigrants commit a disproportionate number of crimes. Arizona had a history of passing restrictions on illegal immigration, and eventually the growing Hispanic population and an increase in drug and human related violence led to the adoption of a very strict immigration legislation known as Arizona SB 1070. At that time Arizona had an estimated 460,000 undocumented aliens, which is a fivefold increase since 1990 mostly because this state is the entry point for thousands of illegal aliens from Mexico and Central America.
Under this new provision it is considered a misdemeanor for aliens to be in Arizona without carrying documentation proving their legal immigration status. State law enforcement officers were required to check on the immigration status of individuals whenever there was reasonable doubt that the person is here lawfully. They could arrest people on these grounds, and suspects would not be released unless their immigration status was confirmed. If an individual was found to be an illegal immigrant, they would be transferred to the custody of Federal immigration authorities. Some states also tried to follow Arizona’s path and enforce their…

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