Arizona governor signed into law controversial bill

In a move that has already ignited protests around the United States, Arizona governor Jan Brewer yesterday signed into law a bill allow police to legally question and detain anyone if they have “reasonable suspicion” to do so, as well as as making the failure to carry immigration papers a crime.

Jan Brewer

Critics say that the bill would lead to discrimination and harassment against Hispanic people, whether or not they are legal citizens. The bill will enter into effect in mid-August of this year, 90 days after the current state legislative session ends.

The bill has been widely criticized both within Arizona and across the country. The most prominent criticism has come from President Obama, who said that the bill will “threaten to undermine basic notions of fairness that we cherish as Americans, as well as the trust between police and their communities that is so crucial to keeping us safe.”

The law is expected to face several court challenges as soon as it enters into effect, and President Obama has already ordered the US Justice Department to determine the legality of the bill.

In the past Jan Brewer also signed legislation that entitled persons in Arizona to carry guns into bars, unless the bar has specifically stated that guns are not to be permitted.

She also signed a bill that allows Arizona citizens to conceal weapons without having to get a permit. The new law has proved to be controversial in the state with passionate views and opinions on both sides of the debate.


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