Arizona Immigration Law Denounced by California Senators, Mexico
New Arizona Immigration law denounced as "unconstitutional"
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Calls to boycott Arizona over its tough new immigration laws are escalating. The calls come from political leaders while the Obama Administration considers a legal challenge.
Janet Napolitano, Secretary of the US Department of Homeland Security, testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday that she had "deep concerns" with the law. She added that it might waste resources better spent on targeting real criminals.
Eric Holder, U.S. Atty. Gen. discussed the option of a "court challenge".
"I think that that law is an unfortunate one," Holder said. "It is, I fear, subject to potential abuse. And I'm very concerned about the wedge that it could draw between communities that law enforcement is supposed to serve and those of us in law enforcement."
A rise in racial profiling?
The new law makes it a crime under Arizona state law to be in the state without proper immigration papers, and prohibits anyone from hiring day laborers without proper documentation.
Opponents of the new law say it will result in racial profiling.
Throughout the state of California, calls for boycotting spread. The legislation will go into effect in 90 days.
Seven members of the Los Angeles City Council signed a proposal for a boycott, calling for the city to "refrain from conducting business" or participating in conventions in Arizona. Councilman Ed Reyes, who coauthored the proposal with CouncilwomanJanice Hahn, said he wants city officials to spend the next 90 days assessing the financial relationships that exist between various city departments and businesses based in Arizona.
"If Arizona companies are taking our money, I want to sever that," he said.
Mexican officials also denounced the law, and said they expect a real drop in tourism.
Several organizations from California, as well as Senate leaders, have denounced the law, calling it unconstitutional, and calling for increased boycotts and challenges.
The American Immigration Lawyers Association has already cancelled its scheduled conference there.