According to the New York Times Carolyn Allen was the lone Republican Senator who voted against the bill though she didn't publicly state why. Additionally, some Latino GOPers are none too pleased about the proposal such as a group called Somos Republicans (SR). In a press release issued yesterday the organization- which is trying to increase Latino voter registration for the Republicans- blasted both Brewer and the GOP congressman who helped push the law:
It is unfortunate that our own members of the Republican Party believe that we have to trample on our Constitution in order to “enforce our laws.” We believe that (Congressman Russell) Pearce is easing the requirements for “probable cause” and his attempt in expanding our government. What Pearce’s bill proves is that he does not have the answer for illegal immigration within the confines of the American Constitution, and in fact he is not solving the problem by creating more problems.
Despite criticizing Pearce and Brewer SR would place the "ultimate" blame on President Barack Obama for his passivity towards pushing for federal immigration reform.
We believe United States Hispanic citizens have a right to be safe in their person from illegal searches and seizures, and we believe Pearce’s efforts are violating that. SB 1070 is a direct slap in the face to Hispanic Americans who have fought and died for several American wars because this new law can be abused by authorities to pull us over with mere “reasonable suspicion”.
It remains to be seen if the law will help or hurt Brewer's reelection bid among a packed Republican field. At an appearance last week at the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce's Black and White ball the group's president urged her to veto the proposal. According to a discussion on NPR 17% of Arizona's eligible voters are Hispanic, which could be critical in upcoming elections if they head to the polls.
Online Sources - azcentral.com, New York Times, Somos Republicans, The Latin Americanist, NPR
Image - Kansas City Star (Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer)