Other polls give similar results regarding the law, which requires that police in Arizona check the residency status of those thought to be in the country illegally.
It’s a tough issue for politicians.
“I fully recognize and support a state’s right and obligation to protect its citizens, but I have concerns with portions of the law passed in Arizona and believe it would not be the right direction for Texas,” Governor Rick Perry said in a statement Thursday. “For example, some aspects of the law turn law enforcement officers into immigration officials by requiring them to determine immigration status during any lawful contact with a suspected alien, taking them away from their existing law enforcement duties…”
Meanwhile, legal challenges to the law continue to mount – even though it was quickly amended to remove race or ethnicity as a cause for suspicion.
President Obama has criticized the law, and in an interview on NBC’s Meet the Press to be aired Sunday, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton does as well. Asked by host David Gregory if she believes the law invites racial profiling, Clinton said, “I don't think there's any doubt about that.”