Senator asks for delay of Arizona law – Government Executive

Senate Judiciary Immigration Subcommittee Chairman Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., on Thursday asked Arizona’s Republican governor to delay implementation of a state law that gives police the power to detain and question anybody suspected of being in the country illegally.

In a letter, Schumer asked Gov. Jan Brewer to call on her state’s legislature to delay enactment of the law to give Congress sufficient time to pass a comprehensive immigration bill that would secure the nation’s borders, give an estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the country a path to citizenship and create a framework to bring foreign workers into the United States.

Notably, Schumer asked Brewer for a one-year delay, although he added that work is being done in the Senate to produce a bill this year. Latino and other grassroots groups who support immigration reform want Congress to pass a bill this summer.