Napolitano: Ariz. law could stretch fed resources

By Suzanne Gamboa
Associated Press Writer / April 27, 2010

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WASHINGTON—Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says Arizona's new immigration law could siphon federal money and staff needed to go after dangerous immigrants.

Napolitano says Immigration and Customs Enforcement fears it will have to use its stretched resources to deal with those arrested under Arizona's new law. She testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.

The law allows police to question people about their immigration status if they have reason to suspect they are in the country illegally.

President Barack Obama has called the new law "misguided," and critics say it will lead to racial profiling. Supporters say it is needed to stem illegal immigration.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senators are expected to question Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano about the ramifications of Arizona's tough new immigration law when she appears for an oversight hearing.

The Senate Judiciary Committee already had planned the hearing for the Homeland Security Department. Last week Arizona's governor signed a law requiring police to question people about their immigrant status if they suspect they are in the U.S. illegally.

Napolitano's department oversees border security.

President Barack Obama has called the new law "misguided."

Arizona officials say the law is necessary because the federal government has failed to stop the steady stream of illegal immigrants.