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Arizona law fuels immigration debate

Business Times - 05 May 2010


Arizona law fuels immigration debate

While there's broad support for new law, other states are unlikely to follow Arizona before November's midterm polls

By LEON HADAR
WASHINGTON CORRESPONDENT

IT IS starting to sound like a cliche. But it is also true. A politically polarising debate dominates the United States and, by extension, Washington these days. Ranging from the major policy issues of the day - federal deficit, healthcare reform, financial regulations and climate change - to the silly, if not infantile - President Barack Obama's birth certificate or Sarah Palin's latest Twitter comments - Americans seem to be split between two hostile camps - Democrats vs Republicans; Liberals vs Conservatives; Left vs Right; Blue States vs Red States.

So it was interesting that after the state of Arizona had passed a new and very tough immigration law which grants new powers to police to stop and detain suspected illegal immigrants, the animated and…