Arizona Republic: Bill Outlaws "Sanctuary," Rides for Illegal Immigrants

Our first hour today focuses on the tough immigration control bill that Arizona's state legislature has passed. The Arizona Republic reports that the bill makes it illegal for citizens to provide aid or support to illegal immigrants in a variety of ways:

Senate Bill 1070 would, among other things, make it a state crime to be in the country illegally and bar what its proponents call "sanctuary city" policies...The bill aims to stop day-labor solicitations by making it illegal to seek work from a road or sidewalk if doing so slows traffic. It also makes it a crime to pick up someone if a driver "knows or recklessly disregards the fact that the alien is here illegally."

Arizona's governor is contemplating signing the bill into law.

Tune in today to hear from a sponsor of the bill in the Arizona House of Representatives, Rep. John Kavanagh, and former Arizona state senator Alfredo Gutierrez, who opposes the bill. We'll also hear from the Arizona Republic's Daniel Gonzalez and the New York Times' Julia Preston.

This program aired on April 21, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.


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