LULAC V.P. says Arizona law is unconstitutional

By Fred Childers – bio|email

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) –   Arizona's tough new law has driven a wedge between Americans.

On one side of the issue, Americans want to step up enforcement.

Arizona Senator John McCain, who once favored reform back in 2007 says now it's time for action.

"There's a level of violence which has increased to a significant degree, which makes the situation far different than it was in 2007. We have to secure our borders," said McCain.

"There's no quick fix to this," said Shreveport's LULAC Vice President, Vincent Perez. He sides with those who advocate comprehensive immigration reform.

"I disagree with the assessment that the violence is pouring over, there's a lot of documents and research that has just come out in response to the law, that the violence is real and severer but it is staying in Mexico," said Perez.

President Obama has admitted in order to get his comprehensive reform passed he'll need Republicans like McCain.

But McCain wants to see President Obama actually visit the state he's explicitly criticized so sharply.

"But I invite the president to come to the border and he can see for himself the absolute necessity of getting our border secure before more violence spills over onto our side of the border," said McCain.

But for Perez, who is also a teacher, Arizona's new law would affect students who were brought here illegally through no fault of their own.

He knows of one student - undocumented - who is about to get an American college education.

"But he didn't even know, he was two years old he's been Americanized, he is an American if he was deported right now he would be a 20 year old man shipped into a foreign land ultimately," said Perez.

Arizona's new law is not only affecting Arizona, but the entire nation, which is now forced to address the growing number of illegal immigrants.

Arizona believes the federal government isn't doing enough to enforce current immigration laws.

A sentiment that many Americans identify with.

A CNN-Opinion Research Corporation Poll says 57 percent of Americans favor the state's new law.

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