To the opponents of SB 1070 I hope you will read this. Just doing my part to provide some clarification.
First of all, the law only applies to incidents when a criminal activity has taken place.
Second, the law specifically makes racial profiling illegal. Implying that our police officers are going to profile anyways is VERY offensive to members of our society that should be shown the utmost respect as they put their life on the line to defend our laws.
Third, the law also targets business owners for employing illegal immigrants.
I have heard more people discussing that the law is Unconstitutional under the Supremacy Clause. The Supremacy Clause forbids state and local laws that <strong>contradict</strong> federal laws in matters where the federal government has authority to act.
Once again it only applies in situations where the law contradicts the current law. Arizona’s law requires that State/Local authorities hand over suspect illegals to the proper federal authorities. Maybe you have forgetten (since we haven’t enforced these laws) but it is still a crime to enter our country illegally.
But as long as we are talking about Constitutionality let’s talk about the Commerce Clause of the Constitution (Article I, Section 8). This clause prohibits states and localities from passing laws that burden interstate or foreign commerce by, among other things, creating “discriminations favorable or adverse to commerce with particular foreign nations.” With respect to foreign trade, the Supreme Court has said, “the people of the United States act through a single government with unified and adequate national power.”
Boycotting Arizona is UNCONSTITUTIONAL so knock it off already.