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Activists call on Obama to fight immigrant law

PHOENIX - Civil rights activists called on President Barack Obama to fight a tough new Arizona law targeting illegal immigrants Sunday, promising to march in the streets and invite arrest by refusing to comply if the measure goes into effect.

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U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva of Arizona told about 3,500 protesters gathered at the state Capitol that the Obama administration can help defeat the law by refusing to cooperate when illegal immigrants are picked up by local police and turned over to federal immigration officers.

"We're going to overturn this unjust and racist law, and then we're going to overturn the power structure that created this unjust, racist law," said Grijalva, a Democrat.

President Barack Obama has called the new law "misguided" and instructed the Justice Department to examine it to see if it's legal. It requires police to question people ab


Added: Apr-25-2010 Occurred On: Apr-25-2010
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