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article imageArizona governor signs controversial bill into effect

By Michael Bearak     Apr 23, 2010 in Politics
Governor Jan Brewer of Arizona signed a controversial law into effect Friday that is aimed at cracking down on illegal immigrants.
The governor of Arizona, Jan Brewer, signed a sweeping legislation into effect Friday aimed at cracking down on illegal immigrants.
The measure allows police officers to question a person about their status if they suspect that the person might not be a legal citizen.
Brewer stated that the law ,"represents another tool for our state to use as we work to solve a crisis that we did not create and the federal government has refused to fix -- the crisis caused by illegal immigration."
President Obama was opposed to the legislation and it might violate people's civil rights. That was the same position those in opposition of the legislation pointed that this type of legislation could lead to things like racial profiling. Their point is that the police will target Latinos as being illegal immigrants.
The legislation will take effect 90 days after the current legislative session ends. There were both protesters and proponents of the bill assembled outside the State Capital on Friday.
Brewer called the measure, "another step forward in protecting the state of Arizona."
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