May 26th, 2010
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Attorney general, police chiefs to meet about Arizona immigration law

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will meet Wednesday with about a dozen police chiefs to discuss Arizona’s new immigration law.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will meet Wednesday with about a dozen police chiefs to discuss Arizona’s new immigration law.

Washington (CNN) – Police chiefs from about a dozen cities are scheduled to meet with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday to talk about concerns they have with Arizona's new immigration law.

The group includes police chiefs from Phoenix and Tucson in Arizona; Los Angeles, California; and Houston, Texas.

The chiefs will tell Holder that they worry the new law will "drive a wedge" between the community and police, and damage the trust that officers have worked to build "over many years," according to a statement by the group.

Arizona's law allows officers to check the residency status of anyone who is being investigated for a crime or possible legal infraction - if there is reasonable suspicion the person is an illegal resident.

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  1. THEMBO KISINZERE

    Thank you very much for your support and your cooperation .

    May 26, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  2. TH - ATL Conservative

    Since they already know what the police chiefs will say, why are they going to spend thousands of dollars to meet? Wouldn't a simple conference call be more financially rewarding. There goes additional tax dollars being spent that America doesn't have. Holder hasn't read the law and at least he could do that prior to anything else.

    May 26, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  3. Marcus Tate

    Calderon must have forgotten how his own country treats illegal immigrants. You see, it’s also a crime to enter Mexico illegally, but the penalties are much, much harsher than just getting a ride back to the border. For example, an illegal immigrant caught in Mexico can be fined $450 and deported, and if they’re caught entering illegally a second time, they can spend 10 years in prison. Furthermore, local Mexican police must assist the Federales in apprehending illegal immigrants, just as in Arizona. And remember all those immigrants demonstrating in the streets of Phoenix protesting this law? Why, it’s illegal in Mexico for non-citizens to protest government actions! Maybe we should be more like Mexico, after all.

    Anyone hear of our President mentioning any of this to his good buddy Calderon? Can anyone even imagine that he’d actually do that?

    May 26, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  4. perryrants

    i can understand Phoenix and Tucson (though i don't get the concept that police chiefs like or don't like a law) meeting with the guy who probably still hasn't read the law. but what the hell do chiefs from Los Angeles, or Houston care about another state's law. unless they fear airzona immigration!

    May 26, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  5. Sniffit

    I'd have to say the police chiefs probably know better than any of them. AZ's GOPers need to cut the crap and start working with real-world, practical solutions that don't violate the pre-emption established by the Constitution or create a serious risk of violating legal citizens' Constitutional rights. Their endemic heavy-handedness is a prime example of the kind of fascist-leaning idiocy we'd be dealing with across the country if they had or gain control right now. Small gov't my left fun marble.

    May 26, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  6. Capt. Snarky

    Ah, for cripes sake – IT MIRRORS FEDERAL LAW, and it ADDS EVEN MORE SAFEGUARDS AGAINST PROFILING. The OPEN BORDERS crowd are just using this as a vehicle to advance their AMNESTY AGENDA and the media is being complicit towards that goal.

    Wake up, America. Don't let them lie to you anymore......

    May 26, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  7. Dean

    Eric Holder needs to resign. It should be common sense for everyone to know that the enforcement of laws will alway drive a wedge between the law breakersand the police.

    May 26, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  8. Mark from Louisiana

    Seems like the Attorney General would be busy investigating the deal offered to Sestak from the white house. Looks like we'll get no justice while the dems are in power, which won't be much longer.

    May 26, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  9. D-FLOX

    A cousin of mine (who's from Mexico), was witness to an armed robbery a few weeks ago. The gang member was caught, and they questioned my cousin, and need him to testify and identify the man they caught.

    Because of this recent Arizona law (we're in California), he's afraid to go to court and testify, because he doesn't want to get deported.

    A criminal will be set free because of this law. True story.

    May 26, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
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