Texas Backs Ariz. in Fight over Immigration

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Texas has joined with nine other states to back Arizona's controversial new immigration law.

The Obama administration filed suit on July 6 to block the Arizona law, arguing immigration is a federal issue. However, Texas' Gov. Rick Perry contends that states have the constitutional right to pass their own laws.

"The federal government has failed to secure our borders as drug activity and murder rates soar in many border communities," Perry said.

For an in depth analysis of this controversial issue, click play for comments from The 700 Club host Gordon Robertson following this report.

The law in dispute directs police to check a person's immigration status if they suspect they're in the U.S. illegally. Many Texas residents back the Arizona measure.

"I think it's necessary because Arizona is in a position where they're backed up against the wall by the federal government that's going to force the state not to do what their voters said they should do," Texas voter William Neal said.

However, other Texans argue that America needs its illegal immigrants.

"I think our country would fall apart," Texas voter Reynaldo Bocanegra said. "The immigrants are the ones who do all the work."

Meanwhile, in Arizona, a judge has begun hearing arguments about why the new law should be put on hold.

Phoenix police officer David Salgado filed the case with statewide nonprofit group Chicanos Por La Causa, saying the law oversteps the federal government.

"I knew I had to take a step on faith in blocking this law because I had a duty to do that," Salgado said.

"This law expressly allows law enforcement agencies to detain someone indefinitely until they prove they're an American citizen," Saldgado's attorney, Stephen Montoya, said.

Joe Arpaio, Arizona's most controversial sheriff, has wasted no time enforcing the controversial law.

Last Thursday, Arpaio brought out a huge machine gun to let violent drug and immigrant smugglers know his Maricopa County deputies will fight back with deadly force.

"Once again I want to warn everybody - especially in Mexico - if you want to come to America through Maricopa County, we are going to have enough fire power to react to any assaults on our deputy sheriffs," Arpaio said.

The machine gun was deployed as part of a crime and immigration sweep of the southwestern U.S.-Mexico border, an area that's seen several violent incidents recently.

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