The Governor of Arizona signed a controversial immigration bill and touched off a firestorm in her state and across the nation. The bill makes it a crime to be in the country illegally--thus shifting power to the police to enforce immigration laws. Law enforcement groups are divided. The ACLU of Arizona says the bill violates civil rights and is in the process of filing litigation. Should law enforcement be emboldened to stop anyone they suspect of being in the country illegally? Roger Mahony, archbishop of Los Angeles, calls it “the country’s most retrogressive mean-spirited and useless anti-immigrant law.” Should Arizona be praised for leading the nation and finally doing what Congress hasn’t been able to (pass an immigration bill), or has the state they gone too far?
Dan Pochoda, legal director, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Arizona
Mark Spencer, president Phoenix Police Department Association, which supports the bill
Charlie Beck, Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department