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Assemblyman Chuck DeVore calls Arizona's new immigration law "a cry for help" and says California would benefit from a similar law.

Former Rep. Tom Campbell says it doesn't deserve the negative publicity it's receiving.

And while the two GOP Senate candidates are backing Arizona's controversial new law, their challenger, businesswoman Carly Fiorina, has yet to take a position.

DeVore and Campbell explained their reasoning in interviews.

"I certainly view it as a symptom of the fact that the federal government has still not become serious about implementing or enforcing immigration law," DeVore said. "You know, the Arizona law is a cry for help for the federal government to start doing its job. And I think the reaction from Democrats against it is just more proof that not only do the Democrats not oppose illegal immigration, they in fact celebrate it."

Should California pass a similar law?

"I think California would benefit from passing a similar law, but it won't happen given the current state of affairs," DeVore said. "Our state, by comparison, is constantly looking for ways to provide more tax dollars for people who are here illegally. So the battle in this state is considerably different."

Campbell said he doesn't understand the public fuss over the law.

"I support it," he said. "I don't think it deserves the negative attention that it's received, if you take a look at it and actually read it."

He said he likes that every city and municipality has to comply with federal immigration law and that police officers can inquire about immigration status only when they make a legal stop.

"Nothing controversial should have been inferred," Campbell said. "The stop has to be legal to begin with, and the Supreme Court has as long as 1968 upheld the right of a police officer to make a stop and inquire based on reasonable suspicion, not probable cause."

Should California pass a similar law?

"I'm not sure until I see how it works in Arizona," Campbell said.

Amy Thoma, Fiorina's spokeswoman, said Fiorina hasn't had a chance to review the Arizona law in detail and has been focused on California and her race.

"Carly believes that when the federal government fails to up hold its most basic function-ensuring the safety and security of its citizens-then the inevitable result is that states will take matters into their own hands," Thoma said. "The Arizona law is a reflection of the outrage felt by the state's residents and it underscores the need for the federal government to make border security a top priority."


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