NAPLES — Rep. Connie Mack reiterated his position against Arizona’s new immigration law during an appearance on Monday.
“My concern isn’t that its too hard on illegal immigrants,” Mack said of the law he called ant-American. “My concern is ‘What does it do to American citizens that don’t quite look like me?’”
Arizona’s Republican governor signed the law in April. It is viewed as the toughest on illegal immigration in the nation and has drawn criticism from President Barack Obama.
The law makes it a state crime to be in the U.S. illegally and directs police to question people about their immigration status if there is reason to suspect they’re illegal immigrants.
Another issue Mack has with the law involves wording, specifically when it comes to the possibility of racial profiling.
“When it talks about race, it says that an officer or an agency ‘may not use race, color or national origin,’” Mack said. “But everyone knows in law making, if you want it to say you couldn’t use it you would say ‘shall not use race, color or national origin.’ The law says may not, which then implies you may.”
Mack said the way to get at the illegal immigrants is through the workforce, by targeting those businesses that profit from hiring illegal immigrants.
Yet, Mack said the most important thing is that both political parties need to deal with the issue head-on and in a bi-partisan manner.
“We need to put all of our resources to not only secure our border south, but also north,” he said. “Both sides need to stop playing games with border enforcement.”
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