Arizona Governor Jan Brewer (R) signed into law a tough new immigration law that creates a state enforcement option. The law creates an avenue for local and state Police to enforce the illegal immigration and alien status encountered.
Large-scale shoplifting rings and financial scams by both Spanish and Russian speaking illegal immigrants have become quite problematic for local law enforcement with the elderly being the likeliest targets. So, any tools local law enforcement can be given are badly needed. However, with the President coming out forcefully in opposition to it, expect a clash of Federal v. State law and Supremacy Clause issues to come into play soon.
As you might remember, while Governor, Romney created enforcement rights for State Police in that avenue as well, under Section 287(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act. When he was replaced by the Patrick administration however, the order very quickly was rescinded just a short time later.
Attorney Ronald A. Sellon