Arizona‘s SB 1070, enacted in 2010 in an effort to eliminate undocumented immigration, has faced legal challenges and widespread criticism. When the law was first written, it authorized warrantless arrests, made the act of seeking work a criminal offense for undocumented immigrants and required all immigrants (even the legal ones) to carry papers at all times.
The United States Supreme Court struck down those components of the law but upheld the controversial portion that authorizes police to ask anyone in Arizona for documentation of citizenship or immigration status.
While the law has many supporters, civil rights groups cried foul and encouraged widespread boycotts of Arizona tourism and other businesses. While the PR risks of SB 1070 have been clear for some time, recent data reveals just how seriously the controversy has affected the state’s economy.