Controversial Arizona Immigration Law Signed by Governor
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, a Republican, has signed Friday, April 23, what is considered the toughest immigration law in the United States.
The bill will make it a crime under state law to be in the country illegally. It will also allow police officers to question people that they suspect to be illegal immigrants, especially those who cannot present any legal papers.
State lawmakers passed the law Monday. Protests erupted soon after and US President Barack Obama criticized the measure. He asked the Justice Department during that time if there would be really no civil rights implications if the bill becomes a law.
Several hours prior to the signing of the law, Obama was addressing the issue during a ceremony naturalizing some 24 members of the military that are of foreign origin. “Our failure to act responsibly at the federal level will only open the door to irresponsibility by others,” he said. “If we continue to fail to act at a federal level, we will continue to see misguided efforts opening up around the country.”