Obama calls Arizona immigration bill ‘misguided’

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks following a ceremony for the administration of a military naturalization oath in the Rose Garden of the White House April 23, 2010 in Washington, DC. Obama spoke, in part, on immigration issues.
U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks following a ceremony for the administration of a military naturalization oath in the Rose Garden of the White House April 23, 2010 in Washington, DC. Obama spoke, in part, on immigration issues. Win McNamee/Getty Images

In remarks this morning, President Obama called an anti-immigration bill in Arizona “misguided,” and urged Congress to act on comprehensive immigration reform. The bill would require local police to ask anyone they suspect is undocumented about their immigration status. Race is one, but not the sole factor, that could inform authorities’ suspicion.

Obama said the Arizona bill threatens “to undermine basic notions of fairness that we cherish as Americans, as well as the trust between police and our communities that is so crucial to keeping us safe.”

Tomorrow is the deadline for Governor Jan Brewer of Arizona to veto or sign SB 1070, authored by State Senator Russell Pearce. Brewer is under intense pressure from both supporters and opponents of the bill. If Brewer does not veto the bill, it will become law, even without her signature.

Several religious leaders, including Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony, have come out against the bill.

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