Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Arizona Governor Nixes Cooperation With ICE

Governor Janet Napolitano of Arizona vetoed a bill that would have required local police and sheriff departments to get training from Homeland Security on immigration and to cooperate with ICE in enforcement. The bill had sailed through the state legislation, so the veto has created an outcry. The governor explained that the real cost to Arizona of the bill would be $100 million. Immigrant advocacy groups and civil libertarians hailed the governors action. They were disturbed more by the danger of racial profiling and selective enforcement than by cost. (See Arizona Republic article.)

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