AirTalk for April 23, 2010

Will Arizona's tough immigration bill become law? [UPDATED]

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A Hispanic day laborer looking for work turns away from a police car parked across the street on April 5, 2008 in Tucson, Arizona. Manual laborers, mostly undocumented workers from Mexico, frequent this corner in Tucson every morning before dawn, in an informal arrangement with local employers, who can pick up as many as they need for day-long jobs.

Tomorrow is the deadline for Governor Jan Brewer of Arizona to veto or sign SB 1070, an aggressive anti-immigration bill authored by State Senator Russell Pearce. Brewer is under intense pressure from both supporters and opponents of the measure, which would require local police to ask anyone they suspect of being undocumented to show proof of their immigration status. This morning, President Obama called the Arizona legislation “misguided,” and several religious leaders, including Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahoney have come out against it. If Brewer does not veto the bill, it will become law, even without her signature. Would the law improve the security and economy of Arizona? Or encourage racism against Latinos?

UPDATE 1:48PM PT: Arizona's Governor Jan Brewer signed the bill into law. Follow AirTalk's continued coverage and find out what's next for Arizona's immigration law here.

Guest:


Alia Rau, reporter with the Arizona Republic

Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies

Tod Tamberg, Director of Media Relations for the Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles


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