People In Glass Houses…

By now you are familiar with Arizona’s SB 1070, right? Oh come on, I’m sure you’ve read it. The media won’t stop talking about it or the boycotts that have been announced because of it. SB 1070 is the new immigration law that everyone under the sun is squawking about. Schools won’t allow games to be played and cities won’t allow business to be done with the state of Arizona because of it.

Just in case you forgot what the law states, let me refresh you…

(a) Every law enforcement agency in Arizona shall fully cooperate with the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service regarding any person who is arrested if he or she is suspected of being present in the United States in violation of federal immigration laws.

(b) With respect to any such person who is arrested, and suspected of being present in the United States in violation of federal immigration laws, every law enforcement agency shall do the following:

(1) Attempt to verify the legal status of such person as a citizen of the United States, an alien lawfully admitted as a permanent resident, an alien lawfully admitted for a temporary period of time or as an alien who is present in the United States in violation of immigration laws. The verification process may include, but shall not be limited to, questioning the person regarding his or her date and place of birth, and entry into the United States, and demanding documentation to indicate his or her legal status.

(2) Notify the person of his or her apparent status as an alien who is present in the United States in violation of federal immigration laws and inform him or her that, apart from any criminal justice proceedings, he or she must either obtain legal status or leave the United States.

(3) Notify the Attorney General of Arizona and the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service of the apparent illegal status and provide any additional information that may be requested by any other public entity.

(c) Any legislative, administrative, or other action by a city, county, or other legally authorized local governmental entity with jurisdictional boundaries, or by a law enforcement agency, to prevent or limit the cooperation required by subdivision (a) is expressly prohibited.

Does that ring a bell? It should, especially if you live in California. You see, the section of code quoted above actually comes from the California State Penal Code, section 834b. I replaced ‘California’ with ‘Arizona’, but other than that slight modification it is the actual law, word for word, which has been on the books in California for quite some time.

With a law like this on the books, which is so very similar to the new law in Arizona, could someone please explain to me why the city of Los Angeles is boycotting the state of Arizona?