Arizona Immigration law and Kansas — by KU journalist student C Groener

Link: http://ehub.journalism.ku.edu/301-fa10/2010/11/05/arizona-immigration-law-and-kansas/

Arizona Immigration law and Kansas
Posted on November 5, 2010 by cgroener@ku.edu
Arizona Immigration law SB1070, could be coming to Kansas, and was the topic of last night’s Student Union Activities (SUA) forum.

SB1070 and Kansas

The issue is important for those in Kansas because with Kris Kobach, co-author of this bill, running for Kansas Secretary of state so it is possible this law might come to Kansas, Kris Velasco, a member of SUA, said.

The forum was hosted by SUA, in the Alderson Auditorium in the Kansas Union, and was open to everyone. “The purpose of the forum was to inform people of what the law actually states as opposed to hearsay”, Velasco said.

The Forum

Speakers leading the forum included:

Ben Hodge, former Representative for Kansas
David Trevino, Immigration attorney
Tanya Golash-Boza, assistant professor of sociology at the University of Kansas
The forum gave those in attendance, “The average person explanation”, Do said. The forum was not meant to be a debate, where one side wins or loses, it was meant to give students the information they need to make up their minds about the law, Velasco said.

The controversy

One focus of the forum was the controversy over how this law may increase racial profiling in Arizona, but “Racial profiling is a part of police work”, Travino said. The law includes a provision that will not allow racial profiling alone in enforcement of the law; the police officer must have a valid reason for requesting documentation, according to the Bill.

What happens now

It will probably be November before the case (determining if the law is constitutiomal) is heard, and decision probably will not be out until December, Travino said.

One focus of the forum was the controversy over how this law may increase racial profiling in Arizona, but “Racial profiling is a part of police work”, Travino said. The law includes a provision that will not allow racial profiling alone in enforcement of the law; the police officer must have a valid reason for requesting documentation, according to the Bill.

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