Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, signed the immigration enforcement bill into law. It takes effect in 90 days after the current legislative sessions in the next several weeks. Basically, the legislation makes it a crime under state law to be in the country illegally. It would also require local police officers to question people about their immigration status if there is reason to suspect they are illegally. Other provisions of the bill allow lawsuits against government agencies that hinder enforcement of immigration laws, and make it illegal to hire illegal immigrants for day labor or knowingly transport them.
President Barack Obama called an Arizona immigration bill “misguided” Friday and said it could violate people’s civil rights, and he’s instructed the Justice Department to examine the Arizona bill to see if it’s legal, and said the federal government must enact immigration reform at the national level — or leave the door open to “irresponsibility by others.”