9OYS Immigration Watch
SB 1070 court ruling has officers, supporters and opponents wasting no time
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - A judge ruled the most contentious part of SB 1070 should go into effect
immediately. For the first time, police in Arizona can now question a person’s immigration status while enforcing other laws if they suspect that person is in the country illegally.
The court's decision has law enforcement agencies, opponents of SB 1070 and supporters of it moving quickly.
Police Chief Roberto Villaseñor said every one of his officers has received instructions on how to enforce the so-called "show me your papers" provision.
“I'm also instructing commanders in the field to attend every briefing for the rest of the day,” Villaseñor said, “go over the PowerPoint with their officers, and be available to answer questions.”
9 On Your Side asked the chief if there's a new need for anyone to carry identification with them at all times.
“If they have documentation that allows them to be in the country legally, then yes, I think that they should carry that with them at all times,” Villaseñor said. “That's the purpose of that documentation. If they have other documentation -- if someone's driving a car, then they have to have a driver license. That's presumptive ID that will satisfy the inquiry of the officers.”
The judge's decision has officers and agencies statewide wasting no time making sure everyone is trained.
Governor Jan Brewer also moved in short order Tuesday, praising the decision.
In a statement, Brewer wrote, "Today is the day we have awaited for more than two years...Today is truly an important day for Arizona and supporters of the rule of law. But it is also a day like any other for our men and women in uniform who are charged with fairly and impartially enforcing the laws of this state, now including SB 1070."
Opponents of SB 1070 spoke up, too.
In a statement, Tucson City Councilwoman Regina Romero wrote she "...reiterates her opposition to Arizona's anti-immigrant, anti-Latino law."
Romero's statement later continues: "This law legitimizes racial profiling, and we want to be sure the public has an opportunity to ask law enforcement how they will work to avoid discriminatory practices."
Romero, along with the city of Tucson and faith community groups, have organized a forum for people to ask those questions.
The event is next week Tuesday, September 25 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Most Holy Trinity Parish, 1300 N. Greasewood. Chief Villaseñor, the Tucson city attorney and others will be there to answer questions.