Police continue stepped-up presence at Capitol

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- A stepped-up police presence continues at the Arizona State Capitol complex as protesters gather daily to speak out against a new immigration law.

Additional officers have been stationed at the Capitol for days as protesters have been gathering in opposition to the nation's toughest crackdown on illegal immigration.

Protests are expected to continue on Tuesday, a day after employees at the Capitol came to work Monday to find that vandals had used refried beans to smear swastikas on the windows.

Gov. Jan Brewer signed the controversial bill on Friday. Supporters say it removes political handcuffs preventing police officers from enforcing illegal immigration laws. Opponents say it will lead to racial profiling.

McCain: Arizona had to crack down on immigration

In the meantime, Sen. John McCain says Arizona had to pass a tough immigration law because the Obama administration has failed to "secure our borders."

The Arizona Republican called the situation in his state "the worst I've ever seen," saying ineffective border enforcement has resulted in drugs pouring into the southwestern United States from Mexico.

McCain told CBS's "The Early Show" that over a million pounds of marijuana were intercepted on the border at Tucson just in the
last year. He said he's talked to law enforcement officials and believes the new law can be implemented "without racial profiling."

Under the law set to take effect in late July or August, it would be a crime to be in the United States illegally.

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