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Tucson police chief: No resources to enforce immigration law

Villaseñor: SB 1070 is an unfunded mandate

"Taking on the responsibility of federal immigration enforcement is something we really don't have the resources to accomplish," Tucson Police Chief Roberto Villaseñor told a radio interviewer.

Speaking to NPR's "All Things Considered" on Monday, Villaseñor expressed concern about the law's mandate to question crime victims and witnesses interferring with trust in law enforcement.

"This is an unfunded mandate on us, to transport (suspected illegal immigrants), that takes our officers away from our primary responsibility which is lcoal law enforcement and local public safety," he said.

"I don't see that this (law) deals with the root cause of the border security issue, it deals with the symptoms of a border that is far too easy to get across," he said.

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