The media like to claim that SB 1070 has been "gutted" by the courts. The most recent example comes from the Republic's Daniel Gonzalez
But SB 1070 has since been gutted by court rulings,
Here's another example. This time from Michael Kiefer.
The omnibus law known as Senate Bill 1070 was largely gutted by a lawsuit brought by the U.S. Department of Justice...
However, Gonzalez also provides us with a good summary of what the original law did.
The 2010 law sought to require local police to play a major role in immigration enforcement.
Gonzalez is right. If you ask the sponsors what they really wanted to accomplish with the law, they will say that they wanted to eliminate the "Sanctuary City" policy in which local law enforcement didn't inquire as to the status of people whom they had a reasonable suspicion were in the country illegally.
Notice that Gonzalez uses the past tense: The 2010 law "sought..."
But that part of the law was UPHELD.
Here's a how the Republic covered it just over two years ago:
Arizona immigration law: Supreme Court upholds key portion of Senate Bill 1070
The part ruled constitutional is among the most controversial of the law's provisions. It requires an officer to make a reasonable attempt to determine the immigration status of a person stopped, detained or arrested if there's reasonable suspicion that person is in the country illegally.
So why would Gonzalez and Kiefer point to a provision that has been upheld and claim that the law had been "gutted"? Well, it's possible that they simply don't know that the core of the law has been upheld and they are simply quoting things that they have heard, or seen in the paper.
The other theory is that since the outcry over SB 1070 has died down and the world has not ended, they don't want to look like they cried wolf. After all, the paper fomented hysteria about the law and now it simply sits on the books. Arizona hasn't build gulags; companies are still coming here; the Super Bowl is still going to be played here. Life goes on.
That has to frustrate the reporters who claimed that the world was going to end. So instead of admitting that they were playing the role of Chicken Little....they claim that the disaster didn't occur because the "law has been gutted."
Just like they teach you in J school.