/ Modified sep 20, 2012 6:51 p.m.

Foreign Government Officials React to SB 1070's Controversial Part Going Into Effect

The local consulates from Mexico and El Salvador say people are calling with questions

Mexican Consulate spotlight Inside the offices of Tucson's Mexican Consulate, 553 S. Stone Ave. (PHOTO: Fernanda Echavarri)

U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton has ruled that police in Arizona can start enforcing the most contentious section of the state's immigration law. Police officers in Arizona, while enforcing other laws, are now required to ask about a person’s immigration status if there is reason to believe the person is here illegally.

Governor Jan Brewer signed Senate Bill 1070 into law in 2010, but it wasn’t until Tuesday’s ruling that local police officers changed their practices.

This change is causing confusion and fear with the immigrant community in the state.

Legal or illegal, officials from foreign governments say people have a lot of questions.

Fernanda Echavarri speaks with José Joaquin Chacón, the consul for El Salvador in Tucson, and Isaías Noguez, political affairs representative with the Mexican Consulate in Tucson.


By posting comments, you agree to our
AZPM encourages comments, but comments that contain profanity, unrelated information, threats, libel, defamatory statements, obscenities, pornography or that violate the law are not allowed. Comments that promote commercial products or services are not allowed. Comments in violation of this policy will be removed. Continued posting of comments that violate this policy will result in the commenter being banned from the site.

By submitting your comments, you hereby give AZPM the right to post your comments and potentially use them in any other form of media operated by this institution.
Arizona Public Media broadcast stations are licensed to the Arizona Board of Regents. Arizona Public Media and AZPM are registered trademarks of the Arizona Board of Regents.
The University of Arizona