Obama pleads for bipartisan immigration reform

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by The Associated Press

azfamily.com

Posted on April 28, 2010 at 6:18 AM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 28 at 9:49 AM

OTTUMWA, Iowa -- President Barack Obama is warning of harassment against Hispanics under Arizona's tough new immigration law.

During a town hall in Iowa on Tuesday, Obama said such measures, which he described as "poorly conceived," can be halted if the federal government fixes the nation's broken immigration system for good. Obama says he'll need help from both sides of the aisle to do so.

Obama's comments came on the same day that Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano were critical of Arizona's new law. Holder says the federal government may challenge it.

The law allows police to question anyone about their immigration status if they have reason to suspect they are in the country illegally.

The Associated Press

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