President Obama is calling a new Arizona law requiring police officers to check for immigration paperwork a "shortcut" rather than a solution to a problem. Many in the Stateline disagree.
In addition to new police standards the controversial law also puts a stop on hiring day workers off the street. Some say it forces racial profiling while others feel it's a needed step.
"When they do stop people they'll ask them for their driver's license. If they don't present a driver's license they'll ask them for another form of I.D. If they don't present that they'll ask them for their social security. If they don't present that then they'll start being suspicious, 'Well maybe this person is not who he says he is.' I don't think that that's racist I think that that's diligent."
David Hale led a Rockford Tea Party meeting tonight where immigration was one of many issues discussed. Hale is among supporters for Arizona's push of stronger immigration enforcement. He notes the fiscal damage not reforming can have on a state's budget.
While many Stateliners agree with hale some say it's impossible for officers to not racially profile under the new law and it goes against what the U.S. stands for.
"you know we're all here for one purpose, you know, to survive. It's not that we have a choice, but this is a better choice, you know. This is a better way of living and this is a better country for us," says Janesville resident Maximo Rarriaga.
Obama also said he believes the law is a product of people's frustrations with the U.S. border, but empowering local law enforcement to stop people on the suspicion of being illegal is a mistake. When the president was asked if a federal intervention would take place he responded his administration was looking into it. He also said any sort of federal bill dealing with immigration issues would most likely not be passed within the next year.
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