It does offend me that when one out of every three citizens in the state of Arizona are Hispanics, and you have now put a target on the back of one of three citizens who, if they’re walking their dog around a neighborhood, if they’re walking their child to school, and they’re an American citizen or a legal, legal immigrant, can now put a target on their back and make them think every time they walk out of their door, they may have to prove something. I will tell you that is un-American. It is unacceptable, and it’s un-American.
Another significant critic of the law also emerged today: Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham (SC). He joins Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-FL) as the only other GOP federal lawmaker to outright condemn what Arizona is doing.
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|Rep. Brian Bilbray (R-CA): “They will look at the kind of dress you wear. There’s different type of attire. … There’s behavior things that professionals are trained in across the board. And this group shouldn’t be exempt from those observations as much as anybody else.”||Rep. Jason Altmire (D-PA): “There are some parts of [the law], I think, that are going to be challenged. But again, states are free to approach issues however they wish. Arizona, I believe, felt that they had to go down this road because of the lack of federal enforcement.”||Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-FL): “I strongly disagree with the Arizona immigration law.”|
|Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA): “[I]f that’s what the people of Arizona want to do, then certainly they have that right.”||Rep. John Boehner (R-OH): “It has a 70 percent approval in Arizona and I think we ought to respect the people of Arizona and everyone should make their own decisions.”||Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC): “It doesn’t represent the best way forward.”|
|Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK): “I don’t see anything wrong with that [the Arizona law].”||Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ): “And my own view is until the federal government does our part back here by providing the resources that are necessary, and that could include, by the way, the financial resources to support National Guard troops on the border, then you are going to see more of this. It won’t just be the state of Arizona that passes laws like this.”|
|Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA): “I think that Arizona has a point, which is the federal government has not done a good enough job. … And if it’s a message to the administration they need to do a better job, then a state has to right to send that message.”||Sen. John McCain (R-AZ): “I haven’t had a chance to look at all the aspects, but I do understand why the Legislature would act.”|
|Rep. Steve King (R-IA): “I commend Arizona for standing up for the Rule of Law and protecting American workers.”||Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY): “I haven’t studied it.”|
It’s noteworthy to point out that in addition to Diaz-Balart and Graham, one of the only other high-profile Republican to criticize the law is GOP Republican candidate Marco Rubio, who is Cuban-American like Diaz-Balart.