Jun 26, 2012 1:19 AM

Immigration attorney weighs in on SB 1070

TUCSON - Monday's ruling may not really change much for local law enforcement, since the case now returns to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals for review.

No matter what side of the issue you're on, one thing is certain, for immigration attorneys it means steady business.

"I believe that this law winds us costing the state significant amounts of money as far as litigating," says attorney Maurice Goldman.

He says actual citizens could be detained, "Potentially sitting with someone for several minutes, an hour, who knows how long." Opening up the city and state to potential for discrimination lawsuits he says.

"What if you pick up someone who is a citizen and you don't know it, how do you confirm that?" says Goldman, "Because its not just having a birth certificate in the US, it's based on what the law was when they're born."

Another concern? Goldman worries officers tied up with checking immigration status, will increase response times to other calls.

Bottom line, although three provisions of the law were gutted, until there's comprehensive immigration reform, Goldman says he doesn't want people to have a false sense of security.

"So this is not as cut and dry as it may appear to some," says Goldman.

Two weeks ago, President Obama announced his support of the youth amnesty program, the Dream Act.

Even though young immigrants matching certain criteria no longer face deportation, under SB1070 they could still be detained.


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