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Published July 28, 2010, 09:42 AM

Locals react to Arizona's controversial immigration law

Moorhead, Minn. (WDAY TV) - One day before Arizona's controversial immigration law takes effect, a judge has blocked key parts of the legislation. People here are speaking out. The judge halted three parts of the law: Giving police the power to check the immigration status of all suspects, requiring everyone to carry proof of residency, and making it a crime for illegal immigrants to look for work.

By: Travis Skonseng, WDAY

In a shocking statement for some Americans, Audreia Stevens says people should be allowed to come here illegally.

“I say yeah, its okay for them to hop the border.”

Stevens and her family live in Moorhead. All agree the strike down of some of Arizona's immigration law is justice.

“It's ugly. I don't think it's fair. I don't think its right.”

“Too many things are going down, down there. The death ratio is probably higher down there than up in the U.S.”

Andrew Stevens says illegal immigrants should be allowed here, even without proper paperwork to become a citizen. Most flee for America to make a living.

“Where they're from, there are not too many jobs and all that, but up here, it's the land of the free. There are a lot of jobs up here.”

All oppose the legislation. Each say they worry Minnesota will get a similar law to Arizona's.

“Our rights are being violated you know.”

A law where before today, racial profiling by authorities had become a big fear to people of different ethnicities.

“I mean they shouldn't harass people for coming to America when America is for everybody to come to.”

Supporters say the law is needed to stop the increased crime from illegal immigrants from Mexico. Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vows a expedited appeal, all the way to the U-S Supreme Court if needed.