Immigration Law in Arizona --Senate Bill 1070—History
1996: The Legislature passes a law requiring proof of citizenship to get a driver's license. Writing the law was Russell Pearce, then the director of the state Motor Vehicle Division.
1998: Rep. Tom Smith proposes a bill to require ID be shown at the polls. It fails in the Senate. Another bill requiring proof of citizenship to register to vote doesn't get out of committee.
1999: Arizona ranchers ask lawmakers to call on the National Guard to come to the border to suppress an "invasion; but the effort goes nowhere.
2000: Despite protests, voters endorse a requirement for English immersion in schools, banning bilingual education. It passes 63 percent to 37 percent
2001: Pearce begins first term as state representative. During his first year as a lawmaker, Pearce proposed two illegal-immigration-enforcement bills. Both failed.
2004: Pearce's son Sean, a Maricopa County Sheriff's Office deputy, is shot and wounded by an illegal immigrant.
2004: Voters approve Proposition 200, which denies public benefits to people not in the country legally. It passes 56 percent to 44 percent.
2006: Pearce introduces a bill to make it a state crime to be in the country illegally and to allow peace officers to question an individual's immigration status. It also includes measures to restrict employers from hiring illegal immigrants. Gov. Janet Napolitano vetoes the bill.
2006: More than 100,000 march to the state Capitol to support comprehensive immigration reform on the national level.
Also in 2006, voters endorse a trio of ballot measures related to illegal immigration, including requiring out-of-state college tuition from Arizona residents who can't prove citizenship and denying bail to illegal immigrants charged with a crime. They also approve a measure that makes English the state's official language. All four ballot measures pass with 70 percent-plus of vote.
2007: Phoenix Officer Nick Erfle is shot and killed by a fugitive who is an illegal immigrant.
2008: Phoenix Officer Shane Figueroa dies in a collision with a drunken driver in the country illegally.
January 2010: Pearce introduces Senate Bill 1070.
On February 15, 2010, Senate Bill 1070 passes Senate, 17-13.
On April 13, 2010 Senate Bill 1070 passes the House 35-21.
March 2010: The murder of southern Arizona rancher Robert Krentz fueled a nationwide political furor over border violence.
April 23, 2010: Gov. Brewer signed Senate Bill 1070 into law.
On April 30, 2010 Governor Brewer signed House Bill 2162. This bill amended Senate Bill 1070.
On July 28, 2010, U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton made a ruling blocking some provisions of the bill.
November 1, 2010, 9th Circuit U.S. District Court of Appeals will hear Brewer's appeal arguments on Senate Bill 1070.
Arizona Central web site. Accessed 06/16/2010.
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