Action Alerts and Legislative Updates
Resources for Social Workers Regarding Recent Immigration Law
Many social workers are concerned about the new AZ law
that requires state employees to report undocumented persons to the INS.
This legal brief below is a resource compiled by the NASW Office of
General Counsel and has been published as the January 2010 Legal Issue
of the Month.
Social workers may have a general concept of
immigration requirements, but this area of law is both complex and
volatile. U.S. laws and policies affecting the status of immigrants
have evolved over time in response to various social, political and
economic pressures. More recently, in the wake of welfare reform in the
1990s, and in the post 9/11 era, U.S. immigration policy has returned
to an exclusionary focus that has turned toward conflating criminality
and undocumented immigration status. Although immigration laws are
within the exclusive purview of the federal government, a number of
states have attempted to address concerns about violations of
immigration law by residents bypassing various exclusionary measures.
This may create legal questions and ethical dilemmas for social workers
who work in programs or areas serving immigrants. When social workers
are used as enforcers of exclusionary government policies to the extent
of “turning in” violators, valid questions may be raised about the
extent a social worker may meet both legal and ethical obligations.
This Legal Issue of the Month article reviews recent legal policy as
enacted by U.S. Congress, the state of Arizona and related
interpretations of the law regarding immigrants’ eligibility for public
benefits, documentation and reporting requirements.
SB 1519-Take Action
On Thursday, April 19th, the Senate Commerce & Public
Safety Committee will hear SB1519: protective orders; schools;
appropriations. There is a strike everything amendment to SB1519. NASWAZ
encourages you to voice your concerns using the "Request to Speak
System," or by contacting the Senate Commerce & Public Safety
Committee members directly.
NASW Arizona Condemns Trump’s Charlottesville Comments in Advance of Visit to Arizona
Arizona Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers condemns
in the strongest possible terms the recent comments by President Trump
equating Neo-Nazi, white supremacists, and other hate groups with
counter-protesters in Charlottesville, VA. The facts and history do not
support President Trump’s statements.