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Sep 6, 2012 1:58 AM by Sam Salzwedel

SB 1070 ruling draws mixed reaction

TUCSON - The latest ruling on Arizona's immigration law, SB 1070, is attracting praise and criticism.

Federal Judge Susan Bolton upheld the part of the law critics call the "show me your papers" provision.

Local police can investigate if they believe somebody is in the US illegally.

Gov. Jan Brewer praised the ruling. She signed the law more than 2 years ago.

"I believe in the rule of law, and I believe that America believes in the rule of law," Brewer said, "and I believe that 70% of the people of Arizona support and believe in the rule of law."

Critics say it promotes racial profiling.

Maria Carrasco works with Derechos Humanos, an organization that helps immigrants.

"This is institutionalizing racism. Now it's the law," Carrasco said. "As soon as they see somebody brown driving a car they stop you."

She thinks Arizona is unfairly targeting people who help the state.

"We need immigrants," Carrasco said. "We need people to come and do the jobs our kids are not going to do."

Pat Sexton immigrated to the United States from Guatemala. She does not believe people should get breaks if they do not go through the right process.

"I'm here legally, and I'm not scared." Sexton said. "If you're here illegally, you should be scared. You're breaking the law. You're cheating. You're lying. You're stealing."

She says SB 1070 is good for the state.

"This is to insure that those of us that are here are safe," Sexton said, "those of us that are here have equality."

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