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Apr 28, 2010 9:08 AM by Associated Press

Ex-homeland chief uncomfortable with Arizona law

Former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge says
he's uncomfortable with Arizona's new immigration law, saying it allows police to question people without probable cause.

But Ridge also faults both major parties for failing to come up with a national policy and opening the door for state laws like Arizona's.

Ridge spoke in an interview in Denver Tuesday before appearing at a public discussion on terrorism. He says Congress should "legitimize" the status of the 12 million illegal immigrants in the country but not grant them citizenship. He also advocates "brutal" penalties for employers who hire illegal workers and says the U.S. should push Mexico to help control immigration

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