The Arizona State Senate Bill, also known as the Arizona SB 1070 is a legislative Act in Arizona that is so far the strictest anti-illegal immigration steps in ages. It is a matter of national interest as it has brought about considerable controversy in the country. The law expects certain aliens to register with the United States government. Aliens are also supposed to carry with them their registration documents at all times. Not being in possession of these documents is illegal in this state. The law further prohibits local and state officials and agencies from restricting enforcement of federal immigration laws. Individuals who hire shelter or transport illegal aliens are affected by this law. These laws have been given an international interest and have been widely debated. The “NEWS” in October 4, 2010 had a published article on these laws which was more of an informal but widely publicized complain by the Hispanic community. This article, by Rebecca McClay was a one sided based story that gave audience and victimized the Hispanics in the Arizona State. The article failed to incorporate outside opinion and solely relied on the advice and comments of the ‘affected’ group.
First, the title of the article was clearly biased. It read that “Hispanic business owners blame Arizona’s anti-illegal immigration law for exodus of customers”. This header was evidently anti federal and gave an advantage to the Hispanics. Arizona’s population has in the recent past seen an upsurge in the number of aliens mostly Hispanics (McClay 17). It is critical to note that the article did not involve any other aliens apart from the Hispanic group despite there being other aliens in the State
The passing and implementation of these laws must have been given considerable thought by the legislators. It is unlikely that the laws were hastily put in place to harm the economic environment of a thriving Arizona State. McClay’s article should have talked about the advantages of passing the laws as well. In my opinion, the SB 1070 laws were adequately debated and deemed right on passing and implementing. The laws have a positive effect to the larger population of the Arizona State citizens.
The presence of Hispanic’s in the State of Arizona has had an adverse effect on the businesses around. It is vital to note that this group of people is hard working and business oriented. The Hispania’s tend to spur growth and competition in the state businesswise. However illegal aliens are a form of cheap labor to the indigenous people. Hiring and recruitment of cheap and mostly half-baked experience wise individuals is a major setback to the genuine indigenous people of the state. This negatively affects the other people as they may not get hired. McClay’s should have induced this on the article.
In my opinion, the article was also exaggerated to large extent. The fact that the Hispanics business owners are not getting enough customers should not entirely be based on the exodus of immigrants (McClay 3). It is therefore clear that the Hispanics’ businesses are based on race. It is important that the Hispanic’s businesses base their work delivery on fair competition and unbiased treatment to the indigenous people of Arizona.
Of great importance to note is the fact that all businesses mentioned in the article are just serviced based. How comes Hispanics are only engaging in serviced based occupations? If this notion is true, Hispanics therefore control the larger part of market share in the service industry. The fact that they offer cheap services is a major concern for the other citizens. Hardly would one enter in that business sector as profits would be low due to competition with the Hispanic’s who are clearly satisfied with the wage and profit received.
According to my opinion, this article is biased in favor of the Hispanics and has failed to incorporate what is really happening in Arizona in terms of business.
McClay, Rebecca. “Many Hispanic business owners blame Arizona’s anti-illegal immigration
law for exodus of customers.” TusconBusiness.com 4 Oct. 2010. Print.