2010 was a big year in immigration news and Arizona’s SB 1070 is still a frequently discussed topic among immigration attorneys, the clients the serve, and frankly, most U.S. residents in Arizona and from coast to coast. In fact, there are popular Facebook pages dedicated to SB 1070, such as, “Poets Responding to SB 1070,” which has 7,480 “likes” to date! A recent post calls for more poets to submit their content. Maybe you’re a poet and just don’t yet know it? In any case, the volume of the response to a law that caused such a heated debate is compelling.
The poet’s page contains commentary on a wide variety of immigration and societal issues also including race and responses to the George Zimmerman not-guilty verdict. Social media pages collecting opinions of all types and from all backgrounds is helpful to the development of (sometimes strong) dialogue and the exchange of information and ideas about immigration issues.
The recent U.S. Supreme Court decision – some like it and some don’t.
Even though more than 14 months passed since the U.S. Supreme Court’s addressing the Arizona SB 1070 case, people are still talking because the issues at the core of debates are still active in the minds of many. SB 1070 became a household term in many homes, not only in the U.S. Many people continue joining in the dialogue to support or oppose Arizona’s law, particularly this summer, as the Supreme Court issued its ruling in the case of Arizona v. United States, “ruling that some aspects of the statute intended to deter unlawfully present aliens from remaining in the state were preempted by federal law, but also holding that Arizona police were not facially preempted from running immigration status checks on persons stopped for state or local offenses.[i]”
In Arizona, CBS 5 AZ – KPHO reported: “SB 1070 decision sparks reaction from both sides”
Social media and the sharing of news stories is important to immigration debates. Love it or hate it, people shared this article on their Facebook pages that opens the floodgates of likes and dislikes of all the politicians and officials who had something to say.[ii]
“The Supreme Court’s decision today regarding SB 1070 is a mixed bag at best. But one thing is certain: with its efforts suing Arizona, the Obama Administration has focused time and resources that could have been better spent securing the border.”
– U.S. Rep. Jeff Flake, R-AZ
“The Supreme Court announced a major decision that will affect people in our state and across the country. It’s important to note that today is not about winning. Today is about changing the way we approach immigration reform. Divisive policies and patchwork processes do nothing to solve the immigration issue. Even worse, such practices take focus away from other issues important to Arizona families, like education and job creation. We must have clear, rational and substantive immigration reform that provides law enforcement officers with the resources they need to do their jobs. Then and only then, can we truly call it a win.”
– Rep. Lynne Pancrazi, D-Yuma
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[i] CRS Report for Congress, Prepared for Members of Committees of Congress, Arizona v. United States: A limited Role for States in Immigration Enforcement