Sunday, July 18, 2010

NM Gov. Bill Richardson: Arizona immigration law may cause 'constitutional crisis'

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson (D) slammed Arizona's new immigration law on Sunday, saying the legislation could tip the country into "constitutional crisis." "There are at least 10 other states with bills that are out there," Richardson said on CBS's Face the Nation. "What you're going to see is potentially a constitutional crisis with so many states taking what should be a federal responsibility." The law, scheduled to take effect on July 20, mandates that immigrants carry documentation of their status. It also requires police to question people about their immigration status if they have "reasonable suspicion." Richardson appeared on the show to debate the bill with J.D. Hayworth, a former Republican Rep. from Arizona and current Senate candidate who is trying to unseat John McCain in the GOP primary. "It is going to lead to racial profiling. Anybody that looks Hispanic is going to be racially profiled," Richardson said...more

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