Photo: Legal Fund for Arizona's SB 1070 Sees Donations from Across U.S., but Not Much From Arizona
When Arizona’s controversial immigration law SB 1070 caught the public’s attention, the state had to defend itself against the law’s passing in a court of law against those who claimed it was racist and unfair.
The legal fees have continued to climb for Gov. Jan Brewer and those fighting to keep the law alive, and for a state that was broke to begin with, the law’s defenders have had to ask their supporters for monetary assistance.
While many shared their outrage over the law, calling it anti-immigrant and racist, Gov. Brewer has a number of supporters across the nation, many of whom have been donating to the state’s legal fund.
As of September 1, $3.8 million worth of donations were received from donors in all 50 states, Washington D.C., and even from Canada, Costa Rica, and Micronesia.
However, while the donors show that Arizona’s law is supported by many, the location of the donors shows that support is waning in the bill’s home state.
Gov. Brewer opened the legal fund last year in order to pay for private lawyers after then-Attorney General Terry Goddard withdrew after disputes with Brewer.