An Arizona law has renewed the debate over whether local police should enforce federal immigration law.According to a new law signed by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, local police there would have the power to stop, question and arrest people they suspect are in the country illegally.
Opponents say it would lead to racial profiling. Jose Perez is a Syracuse attorney and a Vice President of the League of United Latin American Citizens. Perez told CNY Central, "Everybody who looks Latino, they can be stopped. How can you measure who is an undocumented person?" He added, "You have a right under the constitution not to be stopped, not to be searched, not to be questioned unless there is reasonable suspicion."
Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County in Arizona spoke out in favor of the law on NBC TMs Today show Monday. He told Matt Lauer "They're not going to go on a street corner and grab people because they look like they're from another country."
Syracuse Police Sergeant Gary Bulinski says when Syracuse cops come across someone they suspect may be an illegal immigrant, they notify Border Patrol and leave it up to them to investigate.