Poll: Majority of Americans approve of Arizona law that they believe will result in racial profiling.

The new anti-immigrant Arizona law allows law enforcement officials to engage in a dragnet against people suspected of looking like undocumented immigrants. The law had to be amended because its original version was almost certainly unconstitutional. The revised law authorizes local and state law enforcement authorities — including the campus police — “to question those they suspect to be illegal immigrants and ask that they produce verification of their status.” A new NYT/CBS poll shows that “the public broadly agrees that the Arizona law will result in racial profiling, overburden local and state law enforcement agencies, and decrease illegal immigrants’ willingness to report crimes for fear of deportation.” Nevertheless, a slim majority of Americans still supports it:

The poll also finds that a majority of Americans believe the nation’s immigration laws need to be “seriously overhauled” by the federal government.


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