Several states are considering immigration enforcement laws modeled after Arizona’s “Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act” (SB 1070). SB 1070’s most controversial provision compels law enforcement officers to verify the legal status of persons reasonably believed to be illegally present in the country. The Arizona law was originally scheduled to take effect on July 28, 2010, but a court injunction delayed implementation pending a determination of the law’s constitutionality.
In the meantime, several states are considering “copycat” laws. The list of states where such laws have been introduced includes Florida, Texas, Kentucky and Mississippi, just to name a few. Passage of such proposals does not appear to be imminent. State legislatures may be awaiting the outcome of SB 1070 litigation, which will determine whether the Arizona law will stand, before finalizing their own law. Stay tuned for more updates on this constantly changing legal environment.