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Sandra Day O'Connor: Arizona Must Show It's Not 'Biased' In Light Of Immigration Law

05/27/10 09:41 AM ET   AP

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WASHINGTON — Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor says Arizona must figure out how to show it appreciates, respects and admires the Hispanics who live there after passing a tough new immigration law.

The law will make entering the country illegally a state crime in Arizona and requires local police to enforce it. It has sparked demonstrations across the country, predominantly from Hispanics, who feel they will be targeted by racial profiling.

O'Connor tells ABC's "Good Morning America" that Hispanics have lived in Arizona since long before it was a state, and Arizona must now show it is not "as a whole, a biased state."

The former Arizona state senator and judge declined to say whether the law is constitutional, but says she is sure "sections of it will be challenged."

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