WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, said Tuesday that Arizona had to pass a tough immigration law because the Obama administration has failed to "secure our borders."
Mr. McCain called the situation in his state "the worst I've ever seen," saying ineffective border enforcement has resulted in drugs pouring into the southwestern United States from Mexico.
Mr. McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential candidate, told CBS' "The Early Show" that more than a million pounds of marijuana were intercepted on the border near Tucson just in the last year. He said he has talked with law enforcement officials and believes the new law can be implemented "without racial profiling."
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Under the law set to take effect in late July or August, it would be a state crime to be in the United States illegally.