AirTalk for April 30, 2010

Arizona immigration law: gearing up for the legal fight

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Opponents of Arizona's new immigration enforcement law protest outside the state capitol building on April 25, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona

As fallout continues over passage of Arizona's strict immigration law, the Obama administration is examining possible legal challenges to the measure, which would allow local police to demand proof of citizenship when it takes effect this summer. One option would charge that the Arizona law preempts the federal government's role in controlling the country's borders, while a civil rights challenge would charge that the law encourages racial profiling. At the same time, will the situation in Arizona force Congress to address immigration reform? President Obama has said that Congress may not have the "appetite immediately to dive into another controversial issue." How is the legal fight over immigration likely to play out?

Guests:


Peter Nicholas, Washington correspondent for the L.A. Times and the Chicago Tribune

Jon Feere, Legal Policy Analyst for the Center for Immigration Studies

William Sanchez, Lead Attorney, The National Coalition of Latino Clergy and Christian Leaders (CONLAMIC) Legal Defense Fund, which filed a suit Thursday challenging SB 1070


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