Kevin R. Johnson and Gabriel "Jack" Chin's comments on Arizona immigration legislation published on Politifact

Dean Kevin R. Johnson and Professor Gabriel "Jack" Chin were recently published on Politifact for their comments regarding Arizona's immigration legislation, Arizona law, Senate Bill 1070. This legislation gave law enforcement the right to ask people for their citizenship papers. When asked about the criticisms regarding the bill, former Arizona Governor Jan Brewer claimed that this law "mirrors" federal law.

Dean Johnson commented, "It does not really ‘mirror' federal law, which delegates enforcement power to federal immigration authorities, not state and local law enforcement."

Professor Chin also commented, "As the Supreme Court held, it is certainly possible that SB 1070 could be interpreted in ways that violate federal law, but the basic step of gathering information does not."

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