Arizona’s Anti-Illegal Immigration Law Written in Expectation of Challenge

Posted on April 29, 2010

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Arizona’s new anti-illegal immigration law, signed last week, has caused much wailing and gnashing of teeth from the left.  Charges that police officers will engage in racial profiling have been spouted from many in the mainstream media even though it is expressly prohibited in the law.  But, that hasn’t stopped the hysteria  and it certainly won’t stop the lawsuits.  In fact, at this time, less than a week after its passage, there have already been three lawsuits filed. 

This comes as no surprise to the authors of the law.  Legal challenges were expected, and in fact, the law was carefully crafted with possible challenges in mind.

Byron York, at the Washington Examiner, has an informative piece about how the law was crafted and the surprise of one of the authors that the Justice Department might intervene:

That was one thing the drafters didn’t expect. As they see it, the old employer verification law was broader in scope and more serious in effect than the new law, and it didn’t set off this kind of national controversy. That tells Kris Kobach one thing about the current battle: “It’s more about the politics of 2010 than it is about this particular law.”

When the subject is illegal immigration and the federal government,  it always comes down to politics.