News / USA

Tough State Immigration Law Could Face Federal Lawsuit

Protestors demonstrate against immigration legislation in US state of Arizona
Protestors demonstrate against immigration legislation in US state of Arizona
David Dyar

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says the federal government is considering a court challenge to the new law in the southwestern state of Arizona that is aimed at cracking down on illegal immigration. There have been protests around the nation for and against the law.

The law requires immigrants to carry registration documents with them at all times, and instructs police to question people if there is reason to believe they are illegal immigrants.

Arizona is at the heart of the immigration debate.  More than 600,000 illegal immigrants have been arrested along the border.

The issue is raising blood pressure outside the U.S. Capitol. Representative Luiz Gutierrez chairs the Hispanic Caucus Immigration Task Force.  "The lunacy of rounding up people because they look a certain way or are suspected of being in violation of immigration statutes can only lead to one thing:  violations of people's basic fundamental civil rights.  Profiling," he said.

Opponents of the law have called for a boycott of businesses in the state.  They say the law discriminates against and profiles mainly Latinos.  Representative Raul Grijalva represents Arizona in Congress, but he is against the law. "All of us should be fearful of our civil rights of our human rights and of our constitutional protections," he said.

A legislator from Texas, a state which also shares its border with Mexico plans to introduce a similar bill.  Republican Debbie Riddle says if the federal government would do its job, the states wouldn't have to take such actions.

The Obama administration may choose to challenge the state law. The president called the law "poorly conceived." "Now suddenly if you don't have your papers and you took your kid out to get ice cream, you're going to be harassed, that's something that could potentially happen.  Thats not the right way to go," he said.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security estimates there are at least 10 million illegal immigrants living in the United States. Some lawmakers favor a two-phase plan to legalize illegal immigrants already living in the U.S.  Others want to post National Guard troops at the border.

You May Like

Malala in Nigeria Sees Schoolgirls as Her 'Sisters'

Pakistani teenage activist, meeting with parents of kidnapped girls, says she hopes her presence will place more pressure on government to bring girls home More

Christians, Other Religious Groups in Lebanon Fear ISIL Attacks

Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk says events in Iraq, where jihadists have been spearheading a widespread Sunni Muslim insurgency, have exacerbated threat of sectarian conflict in Lebanon More

Is the Partition of Iraq Inevitable?

Analysts say formation of independent Kurdistan could threaten nation-state system of entire region More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
For Ramadan US Muslims Reach Into Their Hearts, and Pocketsi
X
July 11, 2014 10:01 PM
For millions of Muslims around the world Ramadan is a time to reach deep into their hearts. And for those who can afford it, it’s also a time to reach deep into their pockets and earn more blessings during this holy month. VOA’s Sarah Zaman attended a fundraiser organized by an American Islamic charity.
Video

Video For Ramadan US Muslims Reach Into Their Hearts, and Pockets

For millions of Muslims around the world Ramadan is a time to reach deep into their hearts. And for those who can afford it, it’s also a time to reach deep into their pockets and earn more blessings during this holy month. VOA’s Sarah Zaman attended a fundraiser organized by an American Islamic charity.
Video

Video Large Immigrant Influx on Texas Border Creates Huge Challenge

The tens of thousands of illegal immigrants who have come across the Mexican border into the US state of Texas in recent months seeking refuge from violence and poverty represent not only a legal problem -- but a humanitarian challenge for government officials and private charities in border cities. As VOA's Greg Flakus reports from Houston, Texas, the crisis is likely to continue for many more months.
Video

Video Gaza Fighting Takes Civilian Toll

Fighting between Hamas forces in Gaza and Israel's military has left about 100 people dead in the coastal Mediterranean strip, most of them civilians. Israelis living close to the border with Gaza have a well-developed system of air raids and bomb shelters where they retreat as needed. In Gaza, there are no sirens and no bomb shelters. Zlatica Hoke reports on how civilians on both sides are faring fare during the conflict.
Video

Video Mindful Movement Becomes a ‘Revolution’ as Stressed Americans Look for Relief

It used to be done mainly at spiritual retreats and in yoga centers, but now mindfulness meditation is practiced in offices, schools, prisons and even the U.S. military. Although it’s been around for decades, the mindfulness movement is being called a revolution. VOA religion correspondent Jerome Socolovsky reports that it reduces anxiety - and can have spiritual benefits.
Video

Video Pakistani Offensive Empties Biggest Town in Militant Sanctuary

Pakistan's military recently took a group of journalists to Miranshah, North Waziristan, the main city in a region that has been stronghold of militant and terrorist groups. Ayaz Gul brings us a first-person view of the trip to a city that is now empty of residents, but full of evidence of the militants who were once based there.
Video

Video Hotel in Rio Favela Attracts Jazz Enthusiasts

You might not expect to find a hotel in one of Rio de Janeiro’s favelas -- the local name for the city's shantytowns. But VOA’s Brian Allen has the unlikely success story of “The Maze.” Though it's located in one of the poorest parts of the city, it has also been named as one of the best places to hear live jazz music in the world.
Video

Video Smart Road 'Talks' to Cars, Warns of Dangers

How would you drive differently if traffic signals could tell you when they were about to turn red? Or, if your car could warn you of a pedestrian crossing the road ahead of you? Researchers are working on these advances on what’s called a “Smart Road” in Virginia. VOA’s Carolyn Presutti puts you in the driver’s seat to show how it’s done.
Video

Video Restored Papyrus Swamps Can Help Fight Pollution, Conserve Water

Papyrus is a light but strong reed that grows well in shallow, fresh water. The plant stood at the center of the ancient Egyptian civilization. It was used as paper and the reed's shape inspired the fluted columns of ancient Greece. Most of the papyrus swamps gradually disappeared from Egypt and other parts of Africa. As VOA's Faiza Elmasry discovered, though, restoring the papyrus swamps could hold the key to solve many of today’s problems, from pollution to water wars. Faith Lapidus narrates.

AppleAndroid