New Mexico governor Bill Richardson spoke on Face the Nation this morning about SB1070.
New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson: Arizona immigration law oks racial profiling, may cause ‘crisis’
BY Meena Hartenstein
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
Sunday, July 18th 2010, 11:26 AM
“There are at least 10 other states with bills that are out there,” Richardson said on CBS’s Face the Nation. “What you’re going to see is potentially a constitutional crisis with so many states taking what should be a federal responsibility.”
The law, scheduled to take effect on July 20, mandates that immigrants carry documentation of their status. It also requires police to question people about their immigration status if they have “reasonable suspicion.”
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“It is going to lead to racial profiling. Anybody that looks Hispanic is going to be racially profiled,” Richardson said.
“There is no effort at ethnic profiling,” Hayworth countered, a staunch supporter of the bill. “The law itself says that the civil rights of all persons will be respected.”
But Richardson implied his sparring partner did not understand the dangers of the bill because Hayworth would not be a target.
“Who are they going to ask? They’re going to ask somebody that looks Hispanic,” Richardson said. “They’re not going to ask somebody that looks like J.D. Hayworth. They’re going to ask somebody that looks like me.”
Richardson also noted that six Mexican governors have already boycotted a border conference initially scheduled for September in Arizona, because the Mexican delegation refuses to travel to the state.
Despite the heated controversy, popular support seems to be on the side of Arizona’s new legislation. A recent Quinnipiac poll found 48% of America would support similar legislation.