Regardless, Arizona law enforcement agencies statewide plan to be prepared. And since it is likely more immigration bills will touch more states, Arizona has become the guinea pig for how to integrate immigration law into departmental policy and a state the media will continue to watch.
"As the case moves forward," says NAU's Chief Fowler, "we're going to pay attention and monitor the law...We're in a holding pattern until we get more information. When we do, policy will develop."
Phoenix-based Jackie Dishner, author of Backroads & Byways of Arizona, writes about issues involving her state.