Gascón speaks out about controversial Arizona law 

Police Chief George Gascón is making waves in Arizona again for his opposition to a bill that would make it a state crime to be in the country illegally.

The former police chief of Mesa, Ariz., often sparred with Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio over immigration issues. Gascón said Wednesday in a conference call that he worried the law would lead to racial profiling by officers.

“Our birth rate is going in the wrong direction for our capitalist system of government and our economics to grow,” he said, according to the Arizona Republic. “We require a continuing influx of people from other countries to come to work. This is not something that can be fixed through law enforcement.”

Gascón added that neighbors in Latino and Hispanic neighborhoods would be less likely to report crimes if they thought they would be reported to federal immigration authorities.

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