Wednesday, April 28, 2010
AG: Court Challenge Possible On Immigration Law
Attorney General Eric Holder says the federal government may challenge Arizona's new law on immigration.
The attorney general told reporters Tuesday that he fears Arizona's new law is subject to abuse.
At a news conference, Holder said that the Justice Department and the Homeland Security Department are in the midst of conducting a review of the state law.
The Arizona law requires state law enforcement officials to ask people for documentation if they are suspected to be in the country illegally.
The attorney general says a number of options are under consideration including the possibility of a court challenge.
Sen. John McCain says Arizona had to pass a tough immigration law because the Obama administration has failed to "secure our borders."
The Arizona Republican called the situation in his state "the worst I've ever seen," saying ineffective border enforcement has resulted in drugs pouring into the southwestern United States from Mexico.
McCain told CBS's "The Early Show" that over a million pounds of marijuana were intercepted on the border at Tucson just in the last year. He said he's talked to law enforcement officials and believes the new law can be implemented "without racial profiling."
Under the law set to take effect in late July or August, it would be a crime to be in the United States illegally.