This week on July 29, 2010, Arizona’s controversial SB1070 will go in effect if no court injunction interferes. Most media outlets and pundits report that the majority of American’s are in favor of the legislation and hope to see it enacted in their state. Some reports also claim that Hispanic American’s favor the legislation, Bill O’Reilly, J.D. Hayworth and others have stated so publicly. Russell Pearce, Arizona legislator and author of the bill has been quoted as saying “They’re on our side”; they will “benefit the most”. Promoting the existence of Hispanic-American support for SB1070 allows legislators to feel they are acting on behalf of all Americans.
Though it would be nice to believe all American’s are on the same page of this contentious issue, they are not. This issue is polarizing American’s and Hispanic American’s due to opposing sentiment on the issue. Historically if most American’s support an issue, withdrawal of troops in Afghanistan for example, Hispanic American’s can be counted amongst that support base.
Numerous polls show just how far the two groups are on the issue and that non-Hispanic American’s recognize Hispanic American’s will be discriminated against deeming it an acceptable price to pay for having SB1070 legislation.
CBS/NY TIMES POLL
• 51% of American’s in favor of SB 1070
• 50% of American’s agree it will lead to police profiling and detaining certain ethnic groups
• 55% of American’s feel it will keep immigrants from reporting crimes
• 35% of American’s feel it will actually reduce crime
FOX NEWS POLL
• 65% of American’s in favor of SB 1070
QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY POLL
• 48% of American’s want their state to pass legislation similar to SB1070
• 45% of American’s recognize it would lead to discrimination of Hispanic’s
NATIONAL COUNCIL OF LA RAZA
• 70% of Latinos voters “strongly oppose”
ROCKY MOUNTAIN POLL
• 69% of Hispanic Arizona’s oppose SB1070