Examining the basic math of SB 1070, I find:
This law requires the arrest and detention of all people in the state of Arizona who are not legally in the United States.
Estimates put their number at 400,000 to 460,000.
Never before has a law been passed that instantly creates such a large number of criminals and requiring their arrest.
If law enforcement were actually successful in arresting them, or is sued to do so as this law allows, this would mean incarcerating a number that is 10-11 times the entire state's current prison population. (40,431 inmates were in custody as of Sept. 30, 2009.)
What would this do to the Arizona budget? Find out after the jump.
The current 2010 budget for the Arizona Department of Corrections is about $1 billion. The Department employs 9,750 well-trained corrections professionals per the Arizona Department of Corrections website.
So imprisoning these new "criminals" would cost an additional $10-$11 billion, and that doesn't include the costs of building a prison system that is ten times as large, and building it very quickly. It would require the hiring of 97,500 people to staff these prisons.
The state of Arizona currently faces a serious budget deficit of $1.6 billion. With SB1070, if it is enforced, the state's budget deficit will grow by a factor of five to ten times.
Who in their right mind would ever pass such a bill? They are obviously math and reality-challenged.