Court considers immigration crackdown

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Monday, November 1, 2010 - 4:41pm

It isn't every day that the federal government sues one of its United States, but that's exactly what the Obama administration did in trying to block Arizona's controversial new immigration law.

Imperfect as it is, the federal government argued in a San Francisco courtroom Monday that immigration is a federal issue, not one for states to take on themselves.

"We believe this is unconstitutional in every application," said U.S. Attorney Edwin Needler.

There are ten states considering similar tough immigration laws.

One recent survey estimates as many as 25 states could jump on the bandwagon.

There if fear on both fronts.

Opponents say the law increases unjust racial profiling.

"People are still afraid down on the southern border to feel safe in their homes, which is something we can't tolerate and the bottom line is that we need more help, more support and the federal government needs to do their job so Arizona doesn't have to," said Arizona Governor Jan Brewer.

It could be weeks before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals makes a decision.

The judges seemed to be leaning toward ruling against Arizona on portions of the immigration law, but maybe not entire thing.

Many legal experts think this case will ultimately be decided by the Supreme Court.
 

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