SB 1070 becomes law today, with a few caveats thanks to U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton. It’s a bad law. It’s unconstitutional. It’s ineffective. The cops hate it. But politics is all about symbols, and this law symbolizes many things.
The objectives of supporters are trying to demonstrate that Democrats are soft on crime. They want to show that Democrats disrespect state’s rights. They want everyone to know that Democrats, and only Democrats, appoint activist judges (Bolton was a Clinton appointee). They assert that government is ineffective.
SB 1070 is about a lot of things, but it has nothing to do with illegal immigration in Arizona.