The art of Kevin Blythe Sampson

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KEVIN BLYTHE SAMPSON

4/23/10

Obama on Ariz. immigration bill: 'Misguided'

Obama on Ariz. immigration bill: 'Misguided'

Obama on Ariz. immigration bill: 'Misguided'

President Barack Obama, left, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, center, and Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Alejandro Mayorkas arrive for a naturalization ceremony for active duty service members in the Rose Garden of the White House on Friday, April 23, 2010 in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

JONATHAN J. COOPER,Associated Press
PAUL DAVENPORT,Associated Press

PHOENIX (AP) -- President Barack Obama called an Arizona immigration law "misguided" Friday and said it could violate people's civil rights, intensifying pressure on the state's Republican governor to veto the nation's toughest legislation against illegal immigration.

Obama said he's instructed the Justice Department to examine the Arizona bill to see if it's legal, and said the federal government must enact immigration reform at the national level -- or leave the door open to "irresponsibility by others."

"That includes, for example, the recent efforts in Arizona, which threaten to undermine basic notions of fairness that we cherish as Americans, as well as the trust between police and their communities that is so crucial to keeping us safe," Obama said.