New Arizona law prevents illegals from suing for money - KGUN9 On Your Side, Tucson News, Weather & Sports
Seven years ago, Barnett said he was just protecting his own back yard. He held 16 illegal immigrants against their will, on his sprawling Cochise County ranch. But, some of those illegal immigrants turned around and sued, and won. And, after a trial in 2009, Barnett was ordered to pay more than $70,000 dollars. The jury said Barnett acted illegally, something he disagrees with, "I wasn't unlawfully detaining anyone. I just had them sit there. They were on my property, and I called Border Patrol and the Border Patrol come and got them, like I always did," explained Barnett.
Two years after Barnett's case, Arizona voters passed a constitutional amendment preventing anyone in the U.S. illegally from collecting on a lawsuit. And, on Monday, Governor Jan Brewer signed a law making that amendment retroactive to 2004; the same year Barnett got in trouble.