AZ immigration law may be too hard

Jeff Tyler Mar 8, 2010

AZ immigration law may be too hard

Jeff Tyler Mar 8, 2010


Steve Chiotakis: Arizona lawmakers aren’t waiting for the federal government to tackle immigration reform. A bill that’s likely to pass in the state legislature would take a hard line with illegal immigrants. Some say it goes too far. Marketplace’s Jeff Tyler has more.

Jeff Tyler: Under the proposal, undocumented immigrants could be arrested under beefed-up trespassing laws. And working as a day-laborer would be a crime.

Russell Pearce: We make it a misdemeanor for anybody to solicit employment.

That’s Arizona state Senator Russell Pearce, who sponsored the bill:

Pearce: It will be the toughest enforcement bill in the nation.

Maybe too tough. Some critics of the bill foresee lawsuits related to racial profiling. And the bill would allow anyone to sue local agencies for failing to enforce immigration laws.

That could be expensive, says Mike Fraizer, a board member of the Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police:

Mike Fraizer: If found guilty, let’s say, and it’s been several months and you’re being fined anywhere from $1,000 to $5,000 a day, a fine like that could almost put some governmental entities out of business.

Frazier also worries that rounding up undocumented immigrants will pose a burden for smaller police forces, potentially slowing response times for 911 emergencies.

I’m Jeff Tyler for Marketplace.

We’re here to help you navigate this changed world and economy.

Our mission at Marketplace is to raise the economic intelligence of the country. It’s a tough task, but it’s never been more important.

In the past year, we’ve seen record unemployment, stimulus bills, and reddit users influencing the stock market. Marketplace helps you understand it all, will fact-based, approachable, and unbiased reporting.

Generous support from listeners and readers is what powers our nonprofit news—and your donation today will help provide this essential service. For just $5/month, you can sustain independent journalism that keeps you and thousands of others informed.

Latest Episodes From Our Shows

7:59 AM PDT
3:00 AM PDT
7:57 AM PDT
Sep 21, 2021
Sep 21, 2021
Sep 21, 2021
Aug 26, 2021