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Apr 28, 2010 8:51 PM

Pima County Sheriff speaks out against S.B. 1070

TUCSON - Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik spoke out against Senate Bill 1070 Wednesday. The often outspoken Sheriff is not holding back when it comes to the law.

"I think it's simply political fornickaboobery," Dupnik said.

Whatever "fornickaboobery" means, Dupnik was quite clear in saying he does not like the law.

"I think the law, as I have said is unwise, it's stupid, and it's racist," Dupnik said.

He says officers already have the authority to arrest illegal immigrants and turn them over to Border Patrol. With the passage of S.B. 1070, the office could be sued both for not enforcing it and also for racial profiling.

"We're damned if we do and we're damned if we don't," Dupnik said.

Dupnik also said he thinks schools should be asking about their students' immigration statuses.

"I don't feel that it's the obligation of the state to provide education to people who are not here legally," Dupnik said

Still, he says he thinks this newest immigration law will be challenged in the Supreme Court.

Closer to the border, Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever says the law will bring positive change to the state.

"There are people from all over this country, to include sheriffs from many, many counties that are encouraging us to keep doing what we're doing here and thanking the governor for signing that bill," Dever said.

The governor's office responded to Dupnik's comments, releasing this statement to News 4. It says, "The new Arizona law simply provides immigration enforcement the same way that federal law, and federal authorities, currently do - states may ban what is already federal law. That's why local and state law enforcement associations, across the state, were supportive of the legislation during the several months it made its way through the arizona legislature, including the Arizona Police Association."

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