Activists call on Obama to fight AZ immigrant law

April 25, 2010 5:07:23 PM PDT
Activists are calling on President Barack Obama to fight a tough new Arizona law they say will lead to police harassment of legal immigrants and U.S. citizens who look Hispanic. U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva of Arizona told about 3,500 protesters at the state Capitol today that the Obama administration can help defeat the law by refusing to cooperate with its implementation.

The law requires Arizona police officers to question people about their immigration status if there is reasonable suspicion they're in the country illegally. Officers would arrest people found to be undocumented and turn them over to federal immigration officers.

Opponents say the federal government can block the law by refusing to accept them.