RICHMOND, Va.—The director of the nation's immigration enforcement agency says states should not follow Arizona's lead and enact strict new immigration laws because ridding the country of illegal immigrants is the federal government's job.
Director John Morton says he doesn't think 50 different immigration enforcement laws is the answer to the nation's immigration troubles.
Arizona's law takes effect July 29th and directs police enforcing other laws to ask about a suspect's immigration status if there is reason to believe that the person is in the U.S. illegally.
Opponents have said the law will lead to racial profiling, and so far seven lawsuits, including one from the federal government, have been filed to try to stop its implementation.
So far, lawmakers in about 20 states have said they will push similar measures, with bills already filed in Rhode Island and four other states.