Illegal Immigration: Is Arizona a Sign of the Future? do you make of Arizona’s tough illegal-immigration law? Is it an infringement on human rights? Even so, is it a sign of the future?
Arizona’s new law says that a law enforcement officer, in the process of normal contact, can ask for proof that a person is in the country legally. An officer cannot stop a person because he or she is suspected of being here illegally. But if the officer stops the person for, say, running a red light—and has a reason to suspect that person is an illegal immigrant—the officer can demand proof.

The new law has ignited a firestorm of reaction around the country. Obama criticized it right away, calling it “misguided.” Civil rights groups are up in arms. The state faces boycotts of all kinds from other states, municipalities, sports teams, and other organizations. The state’s tourism board estimates that the boycotts have cost the state $90 million already, according to media accounts. The Los Angeles City Council voted almost unanimously to support sanctions and may cut business contracts with the state.

Do you support sanctions against Arizona? Do you think they will do any good? So far, the state is standing firm and—as we’ll discuss this week—considering additional laws. Despite the outcry, I can’t help but wonder: Whether we like it or not, is Arizona’s tough law a sign of the future?

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