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AAA Challenges New Arizona Immigration Law *UPDATED*

In a strongly-worded resolution passed by its Executive Board on May 22, 2010, the American Anthropological Association (AAA) condemned the enactment of a new law in Arizona that directs law enforcement officers to detain individuals and investigate their immigration status if they think they might be in the country without documentation.

Arizona Senate Bill (SB) 1070, signed into law by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer one month ago, makes the failure to carry certain immigration documents a crime and gives the police broad power to detain anyone suspected of being in the country illegally, even if they have committed no other crime.  A recently passed amendment to SB 1070, House Bill 2162, states that a person’s immigration status can only be investigated during a legal stop or arrest.

Arizona has a large Hispanic population, and many commentators have perceived the law as a movement to target and harass this group.  The leadership of the American Anthropological Association views the law as giving police broad discretion to single out members of a specific ethnic group, and to encroach on established due process rights.

“The AAA has a long and rich history of supporting policies that prohibit discrimination based on race, ethnicity, national origin, religion or sexual orientation, and of concern for the well-being of immigrant populations,” AAA Executive Board Member Debra Martin said in a statement issued today. “Recent actions by the Arizona officials and law enforcement are not only discriminatory; they are also predatory and unconstitutional.”

The AAA resolution pledges that the association as a whole will refuse to hold a scholarly conference in Arizona until SB 1070 is either repealed or struck down as constitutionally invalid.  It makes an exception for conferences held on Indian reservations in Arizona.

10 Responses

  1. [...] AAA Challenges New Arizona Immigration Law from American Anthropological Association by damondozier [...]

  2. I got into some trouble in Arizona!

  3. Arizona Immigration law is scheduled to go into effect on July 28. Referendum requires filing 76,682 voter signatures by 90 days. Make your voice heard on Arizona Immigration Reform Debate site http://immigration.civiltalks.com/

  4. The law in Arizona and a recently-passed amendment to SB 1070, House Bill 2162, clarifies that a person’s immigration status can only be investigated during a legal stop, detention or arrest.

    This is no different from pulling someone over for speeding and running a check of any outstanding warrants he might have.

    If you break the law, you should be arrested.
    Illegal immigration is breaking the law.
    The “Liberal” AAA is taking the position that it is OK to break the law.

    They are WRONG, whether they have Ph.Ds or not.

  5. “…would allow law enforcement to investigate an individual’s immigration status even if the person in question is not suspected of committing a crime.”

    The law actually REQUIRES a legal stop or arrest BEFORE any question about the immigration status takes place. This means that the person IS, in fact, “suspected of committing a crime.”

    Not only that, the immigration offense is also a crime.

    Anthropologists are dumber than I thought. They can’t even be bothered to read the law they oppose. Such fools.

    • Anthropologists have read the revision to the law and choose to ignore it because it doesn’t fit their Liberal agenda.

      They’re not dumb, just “Liberals.”

  6. [...] In other disciplinary news the AAA has announced that it will protest SB1070 by not holding conferences in the state of Arizona until the law is repealed or struck down. [...]

  7. “The AAA resolution pledges that the association as a whole will refuse to hold a scholarly conference in Arizona until SB 1070 is either repealed or struck down as constitutionally invalid.” What will the AAA do if the bill is upheld as being constitutional? Will the AAA hold its conferences outside of the country?

    Debra Martin said in a statement issued today. “Recent actions by the Arizona officials and law enforcement are not only discriminatory; they are also predatory and unconstitutional.” First, how are the actions discriminatory? What people do this law discriminate against? What do you use to back up this assumption? How is enforcing the law predatory? The constitutionality of the law has not been tested in a court of law yet, so what basis are you using that the law is unconstitutional?

    I would like to see an opinion based on facts, and not emotional political-correctness or bias.

  8. [...] AAA has already passed a resolution condemning SB1070, calling the law “predatory and unconstitutional.” The association [...]

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