Illegal immigrant law opponents rally in Arizona

PHOENIX (AP) - Anger over Arizona's sweeping crackdown on illegal immigration is again on display. Vandals Monday smeared refried beans in the shape of swastikas on the windows of the state Capitol.

Protests are planned again today, after thousands gathered over the weekend. Activists are calling on President Barack Obama to fight a tough new Arizona law they say will lead to police harassment of legal immigrants and U.S. citizens who look Hispanic. U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva of Arizona told about 3,500 protesters Sunday the Obama administration can help defeat the law by refusing to cooperate with its implementation.

The law requires Arizona police officers to question people about their immigration status if there is reasonable suspicion they're in the country illegally. Officers would arrest people found to be undocumented and turn them over to federal immigration officers.

Opponents say the federal government can block the law by refusing to accept them.

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