Most in survey OK Ariz. immigration law

June 8, 2012 at 2:24 PM
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PHOENIX, June 8 (UPI) -- More than half of U.S. residents surveyed think Arizona's controversial immigration law is "about right," a poll indicates.

About 52 percent of 976 adults polled nationwide by CBS News and The New York Times said they think the law that requires Arizona law enforcement members to check the citizenship status of anyone they believe appears to be an undocumented immigrant is "about right," CBS News reported Thursday.

The poll, conducted May 31-June 3, also found that 33 percent of respondents said the law goes too far, while 11 percent said the law does not go far enough.

The U.S. Department of Justice is currently challenging the law, signed in April 2010, on the grounds that it conflicts with what the department contends is the federal government's exclusive right to set immigration laws for the country, However, most of the poll respondents seem to disagree with that sentiment.

Some 62 percent said they believe both federal and state governments should be able to determine laws on undocumented immigration, while just 25 percent said they think that power should be solely the federal government's. Eleven percent of respondents said states immigration laws should be determined by state governments only.

The poll had a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points.

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