The legal showdown over Arizona's immigration law puts the spotlight on the emotional debate over issue. It has sharply divided people along political, ideological and ethnic lines. State senator and author of the Arizona law Russell Pearce and Isabel Garcia, deputy public defender in Pima County, Arizona have a heated discussion with CNN's Tony Harris
Yesterday the Justice Department filed a lawsuit against the state of Arizona over it's extremely controversial immigration law.
The suit is based on a technicality, with Justice Department lawyers arguing that the law should be ruled invalid because state law cannot overstep federal law.
The highly-debated law requires immigrants to have their alien registration documents on them at all times, but an officer can only ask to see the papers if they have reasonable suspicion that the individual is here illegally. Anyone unable to provide papers would be detained.
Critics say that this allows officers to harass Hispanics and opens the doors for racial profiling. But Arizona government officials in support of the law argue that they are only strengthening the current Federal immigration laws.
What do you think about the Justice Department's lawsuit against Arizona? Please post your comments below.
Read more about the lawsuit here.
From CNN Intern Emily Landrieu:
We all know the story- celebrities getting off the hook for things the rest of us would be thrown in jail for. Well not this time. After slipping past punishment for the past few years, Lindsay Lohan was sentenced to 90 days in jail for violating her probation from a 2007 drug case. Lohan addressed the court through tears saying that she takes all responsibility for her actions. She says she was expecting no special treatment by missing her appointments, yet she seemed to have a lot of excuses saying she had work and didn’t understand her probation terms. To add insult to injury, Lohan was sporting a very interesting choice of manicure that featured an expletive on her middle fingernails. Michael Lohan, Lindsay’s father, told Larry King last night that, “jail is harsh for a young lady like Lindsay who doesn’t need jail.”
Do you think Lindsay got the sentence she deserved or was she just another celebrity who got off easy?