April 26, 2010, 7:24 pm
By THE EDITORS
Dario Lopez-Mills/Associated Press
Arizona’s tough new immigration enforcement law, which was signed on Friday, will face many legal challenges before it goes into effect this summer. Some opponents of the law, the toughest in the nation, predict that it will suffer the same fate as California’s Proposition 187, which was passed in 1994 but never carried out because of legal setbacks and political opposition.
But California’s initiative was aimed at limiting illegal immigrants’ access to social services, while Arizona’s measure focuses on law enforcement: identifying, prosecuting and deporting undocumented immigrants.
What are the possible legal objections to Arizona’s measure, and are they valid or not? What effect will this prospective law have on the rest of the country and on national politics?
Steven A. Camarota, Center for Immigration Studies (anti-immigrationist)
Hiroshi Motomura, U.C.L.A. law professor
Dan Schnur, former adviser to John McCain (you know what McCain said)
Tamar Jacoby, ImmigrationWorks USA(slightly progressive)
Vivek Malhotra, A.C.L.U. (progressive)
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