Arizona Immigration Dispute Inflamed by Shooting
POSTED: Saturday, May 1, 2010 - 5:01am
UPDATED: Wednesday, May 5, 2010 - 8:18am
Arizona - Latino activists are gearing up for protests around the country to show their opposition to Arizona's immigration law while supporters of the crackdown point to an incident in Arizona last night.
A huge manhunt for five suspected Mexican drug smugglers is underway after a sheriff's deputy was wounded during a shootout about 60 miles south of Phoenix.
More than 200 officers took part but the suspects eluded them...
"The fact that they were waiting and ambushed our deputy is very concerning."
The deputy, Louie Poroll, had only a superficial wound, was treated at a local hospital and sent home.
The shooting only heightens the fears of many that Mexico's drug wars are spilling over into Arizona.
Governor Jan Brewer, who signed Arizona's tough new immigration law last week, sent out a twitter message Friday night. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Pinal County deputy shot during a stop. Contracy to what some leders say, our borders are not secure.
Before this incident, Sheriff Joe Arpaio had a task force in Phoenix rounding up suspected illegal immigrants. He's not waiting for the new immigration law to take effect. Sheriff Arpaio denies he's racially profiling...
"We don't racial profile. I'm an equal opportunity guy. I lock everybody up. I don't care what color their skin is."
Latino activists are suing the state over the new law and urging Americans to boycott Arizona, even if it hurts pocketbooks there...
"We hope this propels this state to the shocking realization of what their state government has done."
Other activists are planning marches and rallies later today. Those May Day protests are expected to draw hundreds of thousands of people into the streets from Los Angeles to Washington D.C., to in Arizona."
As the immigration debate escalates, Arizona law enforcement officers continue hunting the gunmen who shot that deputy.