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    >>> san francisco mayor gavin newsom says he's banning all employees from traveling to ads on official business.

    >> here now, managing author of the fixed blog. let's talk about immigration politics. for a while, the conventional wisdom was that immigration reform was a dead letter . now we have the arizona law which has reinvig raised the debate. seems like democrats smell an opportunity and interesting to see how republicans is have reaced.

    >> they absolutely do. anytime that you can divide one party , its base against it's more establishment mainstream wing, it's in your interest to do that. the base of the republican party , j.d. hayworth challenging john mccain in that senate primary has talk aid lots about illegal immigration , we should be harder on it. the base of the party likes policies like this. the establishment, chuck mentioned this, marco rubio , jeb bush have said we may be going too far . the reason why, hispanics are the largest growing demographic group in the country . george w. bush won -- got about 40% in 2004 . republicans last them badly in 2008 . this is the kind of thing that happened in california with pete wilson that could set things back for decades for them. they know they can't afford to do that politically.

    >> i've had at least one republican senator say to me if you look at the straight demic demographi demographics, if the republican party wants to continue to exist, we have can't alienate hispanic voters. is that why you see voices like carl robe or marco rubio expressing arevation?

    >> absolutely. but the problem, remember the basis to turns out in midterm elections is the people who go to every little county meet and greet , those people believe in laws like this. they believe this is the right thing to do. one quick thing. democrats are not immune from this. there's political partial for them, too. lots of socially conservative rural districts in this country held by democrats being targeted by republicans in 2010 . pennsylvania 12, there's a special election there may 18th . that's a district where this bill might be more of a 50/50.

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msnbc.com staff and news service reports
updated 5/4/2010 8:15:07 PM ET 2010-05-05T00:15:07

When Arizona’s governor signed the country’s toughest immigration enforcement rules into law last week, Democrats — including President Barack Obama — immediately denounced it as a poorly-conceived bill that could threaten Americans’ civil liberties.

Now several national Republicans, many of them hailing from states with large Latino populations, are echoing some of those concerns.

"While I don't believe Arizona's policy was based on anything other than trying to get a handle on our broken borders, I think aspects of the law, especially that dealing with 'reasonable suspicion,' are going to put our law enforcement officers in an incredibly difficult position,” said Florida GOP Senate candidate Marco Rubio in a statement Tuesday, adding that the law could “unreasonably single out people who are here legally, including many American citizens."

Another Floridian, former governor Jeb Bush, agreed with Rubio’s assessment in an interview with POLITICO, saying that the Arizona law is not “the proper approach” to solving the problem of illegal immigration.

Republican Meg Whitman, the front-runner in California's gubernatorial primary, declined to say whether the law is "racist" — as some critics allege — but told The Associated Press that Arizona's law does not offer the most effective strategy.  "I think there's just better ways to solve this problem," she said.

The bill signed by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer gives local police broad authority to stop and request documents from anyone they suspect is an illegal immigrant.

Attorney General Eric Holder said earlier this week that the law could face a constitutional challenge.

That forecast was echoed by GOP strategist Karl Rove, who told an audience at a senior center in Florida that the bill could face "constitutional problems."

"I wish they hadn't passed it, in a way," Rove said, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Using his sharpest language to date while speaking in Iowa Tuesday, Obama again said that the Arizona law could encourage racial profiling by law enforcement officials.

“You can imagine if you are an Hispanic American in Arizona — your great grandparents may have been there before Arizona was a state — but now suddenly if you don't have your papers and if you took your kid for ice cream, you're going to be harassed,” he said. “That's not the right way to go.”

Former Alaska governor and vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin called Obama’s warning a “myth” during an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Tuesday.

“It's shameful, too, that the Obama administration has allowed this to become more of a racial issue by perpetuating this myth that racial profiling is a part of this law,” she said.

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