What these chiefs said to the press can be summed up as: When law enforcement becomes political, justice suffers, and law enforcement suffers too. The work of policemen becomes more difficult
Illegal immigration is a real problem and the lack of border security is too, but as the police chiefs pointed out, the new Arizona law will give law enforcement a new set of difficult and dangerous problems. It will erode the Hispanic community's trust in law enforcement, and could lead to serious alienation from local authority and local responsibility by American citizens of Spanish ancestry, whom are residents of Arizona. The law also could place a crippling burden on society.