Dave Stancliff/For the Times-Standard
Posted: 05/30/2010 01:27:14 AM PDT
Simmering racial tensions boiled over the moment Republican Gov. Jan Brewer of Arizona signed immigration law SB-1070 on April 23rd. Outraged Hispanics, religious leaders, Democratic lawmakers and left-wing activists across the country quickly responded. They organized boycotts against the state of Arizona. They all fear racial profiling will happen when this new law goes into effect in July.
Illegal immigration is dividing this nation, according to recent polls. The latest Rasmussen poll found that 70 percent of Arizonians actually support the controversial new law. The poll also noted that 53 percent of those questioned had concerns the law would violate the rights of U.S. citizens in Arizona.
Nearly two-thirds of Americans -- 64 percent -- approved of the law in an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll. The Pew Research Center for the People and Press reflected those findings. Lawmakers have introduced similar measures, or have announced plans to do so, in 12 other states.
A new NBC/MSNBC/ Telemundo poll shows that White and Latino Americans are deeply divided over immigration. The poll shows 70 percent of whites support the law, versus just 31 percent of Latinos. In fact, 58 percent of Latinos say they strongly oppose it. Only 22 percent of the country's Latinos have a favorable view of the GOP, according to the poll.