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Arizona ups the immigrant ante passing tough new bill

by AirTalk

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A sign is posted near the border between U.S. and Mexico warning drivers of immigrants crossing the freeway in San Ysidro, CA on January 24, 2006. Hector Mata/AFP/Getty Images

Arizona lawmakers yesterday passed what is being called the strictest state measure against illegal immigration. The bill requires that local police determine a person's immigration status if there is “reasonable suspicion” that the person is undocumented. It would allow police to arrest a person unable to show documents and also prohibit cities from restricting immigration enforcement. Opponents of the bill say it amounts to racial profiling. What does the measure mean for immigration policy?


Jessica Vaughn, Director of Policy Studies, Center for Immigration Studies

Chris Newman, Legal Director, National Day Laborer Organizing Network

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