Roundtable: Sparks Fly during Immigration Debate

By Evan Harris

May 2, 2010 12:26pm

A lively powerhouse roundtable discussed the Arizona immigration law.

- BILL MAHER:  It’s not true — that Republicans, all Republicans are racist.  That would be silly and wrong.  But nowadays, if you are racist, you’re probably a Republican.

- MATTHEW DOWD:  No, the people of this country have an immigration problem.  The majority of this country supports what Arizona did, the majority of the country.  And two-thirds of people in Arizona support this.

- GEORGE WILL:  this is — this is synthetic hysteria by a herd of independent minds called our political class right now that has decided to stand up and worry about the Constitution being shredded by measures that have ample history of being sustained against constitutional challenges.

- AL SHARPTON:  We would not tolerate that to people that look like George [Will] if this was a law saying we’re looking for people that look Canadian in the state of Vermont.  That would be racial profiling.


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