Backlash

Dems Slam AZ Immigration Bill

The outcry against Arizona's controversial new immigration law has begun, polarizing Republicans and Democrats. On Sunday talk shows, Democrats called for a swift overhaul of the country's immigration policies, stating that the Arizona law underscores the need for comprehensive reform. On Meet the Press, Senator Chris Dodd said: "The idea that state by state would start developing its own immigration laws in the country—imagine what a patchwork that might look like... It's demanding a national answer to immigration policy, so before this even gets further out of hand, we've got to step up and do the job." Republicans are opposed to the idea of national reform, on the grounds that the timing is off and that other issues are more pressing. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said on Fox News Sunday: "I think it's an important issue.... But of course, now we have a very high unemployment rate. I just don't think this is the right time to take up this issue." Meanwhile, Al Sharpton is gearing up to challenge the Arizona measure, coordinating acts of civil disobedience with activists and vowing to take his protest to the streets.