Seattle-Tacoma residents react to Arizona's immigration law

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by TIM ROBINSON / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on May 26, 2010 at 8:09 AM

Updated Wednesday, May 26 at 8:24 AM

SEATTLE -- A KING 5 Survey USA poll asked 1,200 people in the Seattle-Tacoma area a series of questions based on Arizona's controversial new immigration policy. KING 5 News also surveyed residents on the street for their reaction as well.

Arizona's policy states that a law enforcement officer, who is enforcing another law, can ask for a person's immigration status papers. The 1,200 people were split in half: 600 from Seattle, 600 from Tacoma.

When asked if you oppose Arizona's new law, 55 percent of the respondents from Seattle said yes, they oppose the law. Compare that to Tacoma residents, where just 38 percent said they oppose the law.

But the majority in both cities is not for a business boycott of Arizona. When asked if cities should continue to do business with Arizona, 60 percent of Seattle residents said yes, while 72 percent of Tacoma residents said yes.

Besides the poll, KING 5 also took our cameras to the street to get some opinions on Arizona's law. Here are some of the reactions people gave:

"I don't think it's fair to stop someone just based on how they look like. I don't know too much about the law so I'm not familiar with all the policies," said one person.

"I think that's a little on the invading privacy side."

"Well when I heard about that I thought it kind of went back to profiling. You know, if you just see somebody that looks like a certain race, you know, you shouldn't be able to just pull them over and ask for their papers. But then again, immigration is a problem so they gotta do what they gotta do, you know."

"I'm really for our own people. It's not like I'm prejudiced or anything, but I think we need to help our own that's here first. And we've let so many people in. I don't know.  That's a really deep question that you're asking, but it does need to be dealt with, that's for sure."

Tacoma votes against Arizona's new immigration law

The Tacoma City Council voted on Tuesday to condemn the state of Arizona's new immigration law. Tacoma passed its resolution against Arizona's controversial new law by a 5-3 vote with one person abstaining.

The measure asks Arizona rescind its law, which takes effect July 29th. The resolution's sponsor says the law is unconstitutional.

The law requires Arizona authorities to check the immigration status of anyone they stop for another offense when they have a "reasonable suspicion" that person is in the country illegally.

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