Immigration Policy sb1070 and Its Perceived Effect on the Prospect of Liberty for Current and Future Immigrants: A Comparative Analysis of sb1070 and the Expanded of Powers of the Police in the Rule of Law Resolution in Prince William County, Virginia Uti

Larissa Lucette Ollivierre


“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore, send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” Enshrined in the foundation of America, immigration created this great nation. Centuries ago, millions of people (of all variations) flocked to America in hopes of building better lives in the New World. At presently, in Arizona, a state just across the border from Mexico, the local government is waging a war against immigrants (primarily Hispanics). The government of Arizona’s stance is that undocumented immigrants are weighing heavily on the state’s already strained budget. The state’s Governor, therefore, has signed into law sb1070, arming law enforcement with the power to seek out and detain any person, within the state’s jurisdiction, suspected of being in the U.S. illegally, with federal deportation presumably to follow. Arizona’s new immigration policy parallels The Rule of Law Resolution adopted by Prince William County, Virginia in 2007. Formally enacted in March of 2008, the original Rule of Law Resolution empowered Prince William County police to perform checks for proof of residency on suspected undocumented persons believed to have committed a crime. Amended in April of 2008, the updated law waves the police officer’s burden of probable cause and, furthermore, grants police the discretion to perform legal-status inquiries on any person in the county’s jurisdiction. The Libertarian Theory promotes free will, natural rights, and voluntary cooperation amongst individuals in society. Thus, the hypothesis tested in this study that if officials in Arizona (similar to Prince William County, Virginia) give the police more power to perform checks for proof of residency, then the situation could create a hostile environment for immigrants. By means of comparative analysis (using data found in academic journals, books, and government websites), this paper tests the proposed hypothesis. Data gathered from interviews with leaders in the field of immigration were also used. The evidence from the analysis suggests that the hypothesis is tenable.


sb1070, Rule of law Resolution, Immigration, Libertarian, Freedom, Rights

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