President Obama sends National Guard to secure U.S. Mexican border.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010 - 8:06am

Fresh off meeting with Republicans, President Obama promises to seek half a billion for extra security and send 12-hundred National Guard troops to the U.S./Mexico border.

Arizona Senator John McCain said, "It's simply not enough. We need 6,000."

Mr. Obama's trying to get Republicans to help him re-do laws affecting the nation's estimated 11 million illegal immigrants.

He's walking a tightrope. Beefing up the border may alienate mostly Democratic Latino voters in a critical election year.

Gustavo Andrade of Casa de Maryland said, "We see that as an absolute message to the Latino and immigrant community that the President is not on their side."

At the center of this debate: Arizona's new law that requiring immigrants to instantly prove they're legal.

John Martin of the Federation for American Immigration Reform said, "There are measures in that law that specifically proscribe any type of racial profiling."

But critics say that may not be what happens on the street.

Benjamin Johnson of the American Immigration Council said, "If the only way you're going to be able to enforce the law is to get really close to that line, if not cross over it, then that's a problem."

This morning, a new NBC poll finds 6 in 10 Americans support the law, but there is a big racial divide.

70 percent of whites like it, but just under a third of Latinos.

The new law kicks in this summer.
 

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