Ariz. Immigration Law Foes Seek Obama's Help

Refried-bean swastikas smeared on state capitol's windows
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 26, 2010 3:36 PM CDT
A protester shouts as he joins thousands attending an immigration rally at the Arizona Capitol on Sunday, April, 25, 2010.   (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
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(Newser) – The furor over a new Arizona immigration law showed no sign of cooling today, as protesters reportedly smeared refried beans in the shape of swastikas on the windows of the state capitol, according to MSNBC. More demonstrations for and against the provision are scheduled for this week. Opponents of the measure urged President Obama, who has already spoken out against the law, to take action.

Though the law is set to take effect in July or August, it seems likely that a federal court challenge will head it off. The law evokes strong feelings on both sides: "When I heard about it, it reminded me of Nazi Germany," says a Hispanic activist. But one Arizona sheriff defended the measure, saying it didn't mean law enforcement would "go on a street corner and grab people because they look like they're from another country."

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