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Apartheid, Arizona

Stephon Johnson | 4/12/2011, 5:31 p.m.

"There is no reason we cannot secure our borders and protect the civil rights of everyone living in this country," said Schneiderman.

The bill's signing brings up an important question that many have already asked: What does an immigrant look like? If the bill requires law enforcement to ask an individual for proof of legal status, what's the criterion for asking?

"I don't know," said Gov. Brewer during last Friday's news conference. Brewer, however, followed her statement of not knowing with an announcement that law enforcement would be trained on how to properly enforce this law. This goes back to the same question: What will they be trained in and what does an immigrant look like? As of this moment, no one knows.

The Arizona chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union wants President Obama to come out stronger against this bill and take the necessary action to make sure it isn't implemented.

"As the federal government sits on its hands, Arizona's anti-immigrant brushfires have turned into a firestorm," said Omar Jadwat, a staff attorney for the ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project.

"We call on the administration to file a brief categorically opposing Arizona's employer sanctions law to demonstrate its commitment to stopping anti-immigrant laws that interfere with federal authority, wreak havoc on businesses and cause discrimination against Latinos."