NPR has an interesting report today on how Arizona's immigration law came into existence.
According to the report, the private prison industry, operating through an organization called the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), played a role in helping to shape the legislation and contributed campaign cash to many of the state legislators who co-sponsored the bill.
Click here to read NPR's report.
Meantime, an appeals court panel on Monday will hear Arizona's appeal of a lower court decision in July which put the harshest parts of the law on hold. In response to a U.S. Justice Department lawsuit, U.S. District Judge Susan R. Bolton issued a temporary injunction suspending provisions of the law enabling police to ask about immigration status and authorizing the "warrantless arrest of a person" when there's a reason to believe that person might be subject to deportation.
Other parts of the law have gone into effect, including a ban on so-called sanctuary cities and the criminalizing of hiring day laborers who are undocumented migrants.