Attorney general debate: The Arizona immigration law

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In Tuesday’s attorney-general debate at UC Davis, candidate Steve Cooley said states like Arizona had the right to pass immigration laws. ‘I imagine that we will get some guidance from our appellate authorities,’ on that issue he said.

‘I would suggest that there should be clarification on this issue for cities, counties, states,’ he added.


Cooley said he did not support the concept behind the Arizona immigration law, SB 1070, but that he would defend such a law if it were passed by the Legislature.

Democratic candidate Kamala Harris said she also was opposed to the Arizona law. Harris called for comprehensive immigration reform but said she wanted to avoid ‘anti-immigrant and anti-family’ laws like Proposition 187, and she called on Cooley to announce his position on measures that would take away state benefits for illegal immigrants.

Live coverage of the entire debate is available here.

-- Anthony York in Davis, Calif.