Pat Toomey came out in favor of Arizona's new illegal immigration law on Glen Beck's radio show -- the Hill reports below -- which puts him at odds with former Pa Gov. and Homeland Security director (and near Toomey Senate opponent) Tom Ridge:
The debate over Arizona's new anti-illegal immigration law is reverberating around the country and Pennsylvania is no exception.
Republican Senate candidate Pat Toomey backed the controversial statute when asked about it during an interview on Glenn Beck's radio show Wednesday.
"If you have a federal government tha's not enforcing the law, and does not preserve the integrity of its own borders then naturally states are going to take matters into their own hands," the former congressman said.
Arizona's statute mandates that local police enforce federal immigration laws if they determine a suspect is in the country illegally. Critics have said it will promote racial profiling and drain resources away from local law enforcement.
"The fact is Arizona has been bearing an awful brunt of the problems that arise from the lack of federal enforcement," Toomey said. "It's recently escalated to the point where people are getting killed. So why should we be surprised that Arizona is deciding it has to take measures into its own hands?"
The day before Toomey spoke with Beck another prominent Pennsylvania Republican expressed concern about Arizona's law.
"I'm uncomfortable with it from what I've seen and heard," former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge told the Associated Press Wednesday. "It's ridiculous to think ... we're going to identify 12 million to 14 million people and send them back."