Arizona Immigration Controversy

Wednesday, July 28, 2010 - 8:25am

A new immigration law is set to go into effect in Arizona Thursday, unless a federal judge blocks it.

Across the country, there are signs of what is sure to be a contentious 24 hours before Arizona's tough new immigration law goes into effect.

The law would require police making routine stops to also check immigration status.

If there's "reasonable suspicion" a person may be undocumented--opponents fear--it will lead to discrimination.

Supporters feel this is thee only way to seal a porous border.

"We're right at the fountainhead of this illegal flow and it's been beating us up for a long, long time”, said Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever.

A federal judge could weigh in soon with a ruling on a legal challenge to the law as early as today.

"In my view the Arizona law is unconstitutional”, said Eleanor Pelta of American Immigration Lawyers. “The constitution makes it clear that immigration is an area where the federal government intends to occupy the field."

Earlier this month the president agreed.

"We face the prospect that different rules for immigration will apply in different parts of the country -- a patchwork of local immigration rules where we all know one clear national standard is needed", said Obama.

And today the battle could come to a head with just one day left before the Arizona law takes effect.

Marches and protests are planned in Arizona tomorrow.

Meantime, whatever the judge rules, legal experts predict Arizona's law will eventually make its way to the Supreme Court.



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