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NM Gov. Says Immigration Law Is Bitterly Divisive, Could Cause Constitutional Crisis

(CBS)  New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson said Arizona'scontroversial new immigration law will spread to other states if it is not successfully challenged in federal court. 

Richardson, the nation's only Hispanic governor, told CBS' "Face the Nation" that the law is bitterly divisive, and many other states will try to pass similar bills next year. 

"There are at least 10 other states with bills that are out there," Richardson told host Bob Schieffer. "What you're going to see is potentially a constitutional crisis with so many states taking what should be a federal responsibility." 

Richardson said he understood Arizona's "frustration" because the country does not have comprehensive immigration reform. 

But J. D. Hayworth, who is running against incumbent Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) for the Republican nomination in the U.S. Senate race in Arizona, said the law is the state's attempt to enforce federal immigration policies in light of neglect from the Obama administration. 

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July 18, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized |

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