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Although it is the federal government's responsibility to enforce immigration, I think the issue in Arizona is that regardless of jurisdiction, their local agencies like police bear the burden of dealing with the large amounts of illegal residents. I disagree with Mr. Keenan's contention that this law would distract police in Arizona from focusing on other crimes involving public safety. On the contrary, in a growing city like Phoenix where there is obviously a large illegal resident population, it's quite plausible to assume that a great deal of traffic stops, 911 calls, and other active police cases involve illegal immigrants (the majority of drivers in that city are unlicensed because they can't prove legal residency). Yet the purpose of law enforcement is to provide public safety and bring justice to it's citizens. If police departments are overwhelmed with cases involving non-citizens, they should have the right to determine who exactly is gumming up the justice system, so they can turn these cases over to the federal government which is responsible for dealing with these people. In essence I don't see it as a state overstepping it's boundaries, rather it's shifting a disproportionate amount of the burden of immigration issues back to the federal government where it belongs.
April 28, 2010 at 10:16 a.m.
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