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Phoenix Mayor: Law “tramples civil rights” « Liveshots

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April 25, 2010 - 3:30 PM | by: Lauren Torlone

Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon (D) is vehemently opposed to Arizona’s new immigration law. Sunday on Fox News, Gordon railed against the legislation, labeled it unconstitutional and described it as “trampling civil rights.” The law’s new identification process will require suspected illegals to produce legitimate forms of identification when questioned about their status by law enforcement.

The mayor described the process as unfair because “those that don’t have an Arizona driver’s license, children under 16, seniors that don’t drive and people coming from out of state” aren’t able to comply with the law and are therefore “at risk of being arrested and turned over to I.C.E. [Immigration and Customs Enforcement].”

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer (R) signed the nation’s toughest crackdown on illegal immigration into law Friday, a move that’s fueling the illegal immigration debate across the country.

Since Friday, protests have been erupting outside the Arizona state capitol, with those in attendance urging others to join boycotts of the immigration law.

Despite lambasting the law, Mayor Gordon offered a potential “silver lining,” adding that the federal government will now have to address the immigration policy and enforcement “that they have been turning a deaf ear to.”

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