Better late than never. SB1070 = national identification with indefinite detentions.
The bigger question is why one would even put the provisions in a bill supposedly dealing with illegals? To control EVERYONE?
The most consequential instance of poor draftsmanship is the provision forbidding the release of anyone “arrested” until their immigration status is determined. Taken literally, which is the way legislation should be interpreted, this would have outlawed the cite-and-release approach law enforcement takes for most minor offenses. Such people are technically “arrested.” Mercifully, Bolton enjoined this provision before the havoc and confusion it would have wreaked was unleashed.
The fact that SB 1070’s prime architect, state Sen. Russell Pearce, was repeating that SB 1070 merely enforced federal law, which is manifestly false, in reaction to Bolton’s injunction is revealing. I don’t think Pearce is consciously lying. I don’t think he really knew what he was doing.