Arizona's SB 1070 is set to go into effect this Thursday, July 29, and the lead-up to D-day has elicited a variety of reactions from Latin America leaders. Many countries, including Mexico, Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Paraguay, have filed motions against the law.
Mexican President Felipe Calderon warned U.S. officials that the new Arizona law could lead to an uptick in drug trafficking and violence by making its law enforcement less willing to cooperate with their U.S. counterparts. Approximately 30% of all immigrants into the United States come from Mexico. Both Ecuador and Argentina have challenged the new Arizona law as well, stating that it "raises substantial challenges'' to international relations.
According to the lawsuit filed by U.S. Justice Department, Arizona's law seems to infringe upon federal law, which "has preeminent authority to regulate immigration matters." Both national and international leaders alike are awaiting a decision from US District Judge Susan Bolton, who heard the Dept. of Justice case against the new SB 1070 legislation last Thursday. Many local leaders are afraid that Latin American leaders will feel attacked by SB 1070, and that our neighbors to the south will retreat from relations with Arizona and possibly the rest of the United States.