Q. Arizona’s new immigration law, signed last week by Gov. Jan Brewer, has sparked furor and protest all over the country. The law makes it a state crime to lack immigration papers and requires police to determine whether people they stop are in the country illegally. Some say the law goes too far in protecting the country from illegal immigrants. Defenders of the law — angry over the charges of racism permeating the debate — say it is needed because the federal government has failed to enforce border security with Mexico. What do you think? Is the new law a step forward in combating illegal immigration to the U.S., or does it go too far? What are the moral and/or ethical dilemmas that you see here that may arise or have already arisen from this new law?
The Rev. Richard Albarano: There is no doubt that we need a just and equitable immigration policy in this country. However, it must be just and equitable.