Thursday, February 10, 2005
New Mexico Considering Prohibiting Immigration Enforcement by State Authorities; Arizona Allows Undocumented Status to be Aggravator for Sentencing
A member of the New Mexico Legislature introduced a bill prohibiting state law enforcement officers from enforcing federal immigration laws. The policy is designed to encourage noncitizens to report crimes and cooperte with local police wihtout fear of being deported.
Meanwhile, the Arizona Court of Appeals held that a sentence for a non-immigration crime may be enhanced based on the offender's status as an undocumented immigrant. The defendant, convicted of aggravated DUI, was sentenced to 4.5 years instead of the presumptive 2.5. Story here, opinion here.[Jack Chin]