Rubio concerned about ‘unintended consequences’ of Arizona measures against illegal immigrationby George Bennett | April 27th, 2010
WEST MIAMI — After a ceremony in Spanish and English to mark his signing of candidate papers for the U.S. Senate, Republican Marco Rubio today voiced concerns about “potential unintended consequences” from Arizona’s recent crackdown on illegal immigration.
Arizona’s new law requires immigrants to carry proof of their immigration status and allows a police officer to question someone if there is a “reasonable suspicion” about the person’s status.
“Everyone is concerned with the prospect of the ‘reasonable suspicion’ provisions where individuals can be pulled over because someone suspects that they may not be legal in this country. I think over time people will grow uncomfortable with that,” Rubio told reporters.
On the requirement that immigrants carry documentation of their status, Rubio said, “That’s not really something that Americans are comfortable with, the notion of a police state, as I’ve always said.”
Rubio said Arizona’s action reflects the failure of the federal government to enact effective immigration laws.
“I don’t want to underestimate the level of frustration from a law enforcement aspect that exists in Arizona. I was there two months ago and people view it as a law enforcement issue. You have serious violence crossing the border and they’re fed up, particularly at the federal inaction. And I think this is what happens, unfortunately, when the federal government fails to effectively act on a core federal responsibility,” Rubio said.
“My hope is that the Obama administration doesn’t use this as an excuse to ram through amnesty or something that would make it impossible for us to have a legal immigration system that works,” Rubio said.
Rubio said he favors tougher border security and technological measures to modernize immigration, including better employer verification of workers’ immigration status.