SB 1070 will go into effect July 28

Vania Pineda

As most the nation has heard, the Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act, or as most know it, Senate Bill 1070, was signed by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer on April 23.

The law defines it a misdemeanor if an immigrant is in the state without legal documentation at all times.

According to the bill, “It is illegal to transport, move or conceal an alien if the person knows or recklessly disregards the fact that the alien has come to, has entered or remains in the Unites States in violation of the law.”

Lindsey Berriantos, liberal arts major felt that “it’s unfair for people with illegal parents to have to be afraid to drive their parents or family members around. They can stop you anytime and people are going to turn on their families and friends for fear of being persecuted.”

The law is expected to go into effect July 28.

On April 30, there were changes made to the law through the House Bill 2162 to reduce the risk of racial profiling.

Police are no longer to stop someone based on suspicion of the individual’s immigration status.

Officials can stop the person and question the status of the suspected alien during the enforcement of another law.

The concern for the state law is so big that many people in and out of the state of Arizona are making moves to express their disapproval with the new legislation by boycotting the state.

 Groups of students and organization attended the rally in Los Angeles this past Friday, which had an attendance of about 50,000 people.

Adrian Herrera, communications major who attended the rally, said, “I personally don’t agree with it. It’s a legislation that discriminates based on appearance and race. I also think it’s harming Arizona because truck drivers refuse to drive through Arizona and many people are boycotting business with it.”

The heat from Arizona is felt at Cerritos College by students like Gabrielle Nibero, marketing major, who said “[Jan Brewer’s] approach toward illegal immigration was a little intense. She should have gradually tried to make a change and allowed Arizona to make a transition.”

In order to warn tourists, Mexico’s Foreign Ministry issued a travel alert on April 27, for Mexicans visiting, residing or studying in Arizona, recommending individuals “to act with prudence and respect local laws.”

Students like art major Juan Torrez believes that if it is happening in one state, it can definitely happen to California as well as other states.

He said, “People absolutely can not turn the other way and pretend like this is not happening. Every time something drastic has happened in out country whether it was about segregation or women’s rights, it always started with just one person, just one, statement, just one state. If it is already beginning to happen what makes us believe that it will not happen here in California or even grow to be an immigrant band in the entire nation?”

The question of whether or not this could happen in California has many perplexed and left wondering what would exactly would be the consequences of such law, said criminal justice major Joaquin Diaz.

He believes that although it would be a very touchy and emotional issue to have to deal with in this state, due to the current budget crisis it would actually help the state’s economy.

“Think about it,” he said, “by getting rid of all the immigrants, residents would have the opportunity to obtain more jobs and the unemployment rate would decrease. Let’s be honest here, immigrants take up a lot of space and work that can be given to people that were born here and deserve to be in this state.”