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Tonight protests explode over a new illegal immigration law and Arizona.
The new -- -- my Arizona governor Jan brewer requires police to question any suspected illegal immigrant.
Now at a rally in Arizona a democratic congressman.
Slammed the new law.
The state of ours Arizona which we all love him has -- a very dark.
-- period of its political existence.
By signing the law the governor basically codified.
-- the state -- racial profiling we violation of civil rights of due process and constitutional violations.
And -- the reaction is going to be those.
A reaction of opposition across the state.
The -- also said he wants President Obama to fight the new law Arizona State senator Russell Pearce joins us -- State senator Pearce sponsored the controversial bill -- -- and what provoked or prompted you to sponsor this bill in the first place.
The rule of law -- I mean it did to those stories they tell the outrageous fabrications and myths are just it's unbelievable.
In his bill we've mirrored federal law it's -- it's illegal hitter remain in this country in violation of federal law we have simply mirrored that.
Nobody's you race fourth of fourteenth amendment.
If fact we we could profiling.
As an illegal issue in the bill we caught a fighting we made sure he look at racial brought these the most outrageous Georgia world.
What we've done -- -- Shipley.
He is and I've watched over the years you get one more and more violent.
You -- number two in the world and kidnappings become the home invasion carjacking -- the identity theft of the nation.
I've been -- -- Lee who was murdered his stereo officer adkins officer Martin officer eagle.
Rob Chris -- just murdered on the border I just had a hearing for the Rangers down on the border dotted and all I have to be hearing of the Senate.
Good defenses are cut their catalyst slaughtered their dogs are killed -- houses and windows and doors are boarded.
They're fearful they pray for daylight because they hear gorgeous here to give us enough is enough we're a nation of -- this doesn't change and all it does.
His are removed the handcuffs.
I've been -- -- slow motion my -- have two boys -- -- I believe handcuffs are great tool where they're on the right people got to take them off law enforcement.
They have policies that restrict law enforcement's ability to enforce these laws there -- legal under federal law they have those policies.
We're gonna remove a little state of Arizona officers could ask and they can act like -- -- and the same status yeah.
So that I.
So I listen I understand how it's implemented okay if someone commits an armed robbery in a police officer -- an average season -- police officer -- on the armed -- makes -- rest.
If someone is standing on a street corner waiting for a bus.
Does a police officer under your own law have been started to approach to person say I was citizen or not.
You know that's a great question because this is absolutely part of whether admits to get thrown around law enforcement has no more authority.
Today if this -- was effective today -- they had yesterday.
It must be a -- contact.
We honor -- -- fourteenth a member has like I said we've written into the bill you can't use race as an issue.
For for -- for full of people over you have to have a legitimate fact -- said by the bill like any other lobby initially ruled that.
Could they knew these would be the games played by the old -- the -- because it simply don't want the laws support the they're scared to -- the laws are actually gonna be enforced it's illegal shift we're gonna forceful all the -- they didn't go so you can't stop and tell them.
-- because I understand my -- don't like other look.
So understanding how this is actual -- itself.
Out so if someone is doing something sinister like you know -- -- going up and look at that -- some of the lot and -- something police an approach that person and ask reasonable questions right at the person's.
But the president officially -- -- but the person to stand if the bus stop doing nothing wrong.
Even the person might look -- they -- suppose that someone mad may look at.
Hispanic for instance the police -- -- no right -- simply approach that person.
And begin media in -- is that the way the law works.
Greta actually that it illegal is not a race it's a crime.
-- there -- you know I mean we have.
Civil rights provisions the -- of a constitution we have civil rights provisions in the US constitution.
We honor those I'm a limited government guy I'm -- -- treating that I would never.
Passed any deal that constituted any abuse of -- civil rights all the news take the handcuffs off.
Off from law enforcement allowing them national reasonable question as if they have reason to believe.
Like any other -- that it takes a lawful content reasonably.
And the probable cause you know what's interesting as we put down -- -- soft.
The make life and death decisions and -- my hometown hero by the way.
You know in in -- we're afraid to 95 eastern time it's a phone call -- the worst scared or afraid to let them pick up the phone -- -- This is the most outrageous thing in the world yet people lot of read the bill.
It is carefully crafted it just take take -- achieved thirteen point five F puts it -- state law.
You -- states have inherent authority to enforce these laws were making it clear that the -- federal statute over.
And have a good tennis again but we're out of -- have a -- Thanksgiving that this is a continuing -- controversy as you -- -- all of that is there -- -- the news every bit like Greta thank you -- what -- Thank -- -- The immigration battle though it's not just in Arizona the town up farmers branch Texas is in the fight of its own it 2007 the town passed a law.
Making it illegal for landlords to rent houses or apartments to illegal immigrants.
-- assistant a federal judge has thrown out that aren't insane.
Only the federal government -- can enact immigration laws but the fight goes on -- -- weird -- haired joins us live Canadian there.
Good evening Greta how are you.
I'm very well so -- it sounds like get the statute that you enacted that -- -- because the judge says doesn't say whether.
She agreed or disagreed with the whole concept of having illegal people and -- it.
But rather that.
They the state doesn't have the authority of the city to do the authority it's a federal government matter is that.
-- correct synopsis.
Yes Greta back in 2007.
Farmers branch residents voted on -- ordinance similar to the one that this judge struck down.
-- 68 to 32%.
Wanting us to go -- with an ordinance to address renting property -- our town -- illegal aliens and this judge -- -- US district court judge.
Ruled that ordinance 2952.
Which is a more recent version was unconstitutional.
And our City Council voted last week to appeal that to the fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
I what provoked your prompted you to pass his ordinance in the first place was an episode -- incident and we know why -- -- it.
Well there are a number of things grading -- the first one that comes to mind as we had a two year old little girl that was killed in a drive by shooting in 2006.
And that the two people that are now in jail for that crime were illegal aliens.
And we had residents coming forward asking us to do something about the problem.
-- farmers branch is a fantastic community it's a beautiful place a suburb of Dallas.
But illegal immigration has -- taken its toll on our city from.
Property value standpoint to school district to shopping areas and people in our town said hey we've had enough please do something about it.
Have you asked the federal government and I and I know that -- neighboring state of Arizona senator's counts and McCain had asked for help from the federal government.
Fact the -- most recently asked for 3000 National Guard.
Have you asked for help from the federal government.
It what we have done Greta is we've joined the cap program the criminal alien program we've also had a police officer trained.
Under the 287 G program.
And both of those are our federal initiatives that -- -- states and local law enforcement folks to get involved in addressing the problem so we've been.
At that sense about 2006.
And I can tell you that in 200620072008.
Anywhere from fourteen to 20% of the people.
In our local jail in any given month were in the country illegally and through the efforts that we've made.
That number today is now down to somewhere between three and 5% on a monthly basis.
Was so is the federal government.
Helping -- -- -- you have Arizona -- in the statute and it almost in some ways seems like that the states along the border are saying look you know the feds aren't doin' somethin' so we're gonna do some you know whether it's constitutional or not that'll be sorted out the courts.
But it's almost like -- I like to Alison begging the federal government you know do something about it.
Immigration illegal immigration.
You know Greta the reason that we're where we are today is because the federal government has failed to address the issue.
And I think part of the reason that the federal government fail to address the issues they don't have the manpower to do it.
And was certainly what you see it in in Washington today they don't have the political will to do it and people throughout the country especially in Texas.
And not just farmers branch but throughout the state of Texas and all along the border states you're seeing people that are fed up what the problem.
And getting states and cities involved.
Is what's going to make a difference is just like any other federal crime.
When -- when you have.
Crimes going on.
In your town in your state.
It's a joint cooperative effort between federal authorities state authorities -- and local authorities to keep -- safe and that's what we're trying to do and farmers branch.
So the statute is that this point -- federal district court says that you don't have the authority.
And so now it's been appealed to the nicest -- goes to the fifth circuit and we will continue to follow that Mary thank you sir.
My pleasure --
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