On April 19, 2010, the Arizona Senate approved a bill that established one of the strictest illegal immigration policies in the US. The bill was passed by the Arizona House the week before. The legislation was subsequently signed into law by Governor Jan Brewer. It required individuals suspected of being illegal immigrants to provide proof of their legal status, outlawed the hiring of illegal immigrants for day labor, and allowed citizens to sue local governments if they believe the policy is not being implemented properly. Arizona was enjoined from enforcing several provisions of the law. Several other states have passed similar laws, including Utah, Indiana, Oklahoma, and Alabama.
Learn more about laws regulating immigration from the JURIST news archive, and read commentary on the Arizona legislation from Guest Columnist William G. Ross and Contributing Editor Marjorie Cohn on JURIST Forum.