July 9, 2010
Individuals from all fifty states donated almost $500,000 to Arizona to help them defend their immigration enforcement law.
Eighty-eight percent of the donations came via the Internet. The majority of the donations were between $10 and $100 and came since Tuesday, when the federal government sued to challenge the law.
The law that is being challenged requires that when police officers are enforcing another law, if there is a “reasonable suspicion” that the people involved are illegally in the United States, then the officers must investigate their immigration status as well.
The Associated Press examined about one fourth of the 9,057 contributions and found that just two of them were from businesses.
The surge of donations may indicate nationwide concern about illegal immigration and lax border security.