There is no sign of a slowdown in the flood of undocumented children illegally entering the U.S. Some are traveling alone, others are with their parents. Gary Tuchman is in Arizona where he got a first hand look at the treatment they are receiving. Gary also visited the border fence to demonstrate how easy it is to get across.
Arizona Republican State Representative John Kavanagh was a leading defender of Senate Bill 1062, vetoed yesterday by Gov. Jan Brewer. Last weekend, he was also a speaker at a roast for Phoenix's controversial Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Rep. Kavanagh set off a firestorm in the Latino community with remarks including these:
"I'm not the federal monitor. How many Hispanics did you pull over on the way over here Arpaio? "
"Sheriff Joe is the kind of guy that you gotta love as long as you have papers."
"Going out with Sheriff Joe is always an adventure. Usually when we walk into a restaurant most of the wait staff and cooks dive out the back window. And when they don't, I never know what the hell is in my food. There's a great one. Get em! sic em!"
AC360 wanted to ask Kavanaugh about those jokes, which many found offensive. We invited him on the program. He accepted but later backed out. The invitation stands. He later released a statement to AC360. Anderson discussed the controversy with GOP strategist Ana Navarro and CNN's Ana Cabrera who spoke with Sheriff Arpaio today.
Moments after her veto, Gov. Brewer said, "I have not heard of one example in Arizona where a business owner's religious liberty has been violated." While speaking with Anderson and NYU Law Professor Kenji Yoshino, one of SB 1062's backers, state senator Nancy Barto, could not cite a single example.
State Representative Demion Clinco called SB 1062 a "wake up call for Arizona." He also warned that there could be more potentially discriminatory bills coming.
Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney is joining some of the biggest names in the Republican party who are now calling on Arizona Governor Jan Brewer to veto Senate Bill 1062. She has been in Washington and is returning to Phoenix to a string of meetings with SB1062 backers and opponents ready to make their case. Miguel Marquez says her decision could come well before Saturday's deadline.
Many of the lawmakers who voted for Arizona's controversial "anti-gay" bill SB1062 have been reluctant to come on AC360 and defend it. Randi Kaye flew to Phoenix to speak to some of them face-to-face.
Rep. Sonny Borrelli laid out a scenario where SB1062 would protect a gay-owned printing company that does not want to do work for a group like the Westboro Baptist Church. NYU Law Professor Kenji Yoshino speaks to Anderson and explains why he disagrees with that comparison.
The type of protests we are seeing in Arizona could soon be coming to other states. The special interest groups that helped write SB1062 are also behind another controversial "religious freedom" bill in Ohio. Anderson compares the legal language in the two bills and finds they are nearly identical.
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