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Ex-Homeland Chief Uncomfortable with Ariz. Law

DENVER (AP) - Former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge says he's uncomfortable with Arizona's new immigration law, saying it allows police to question people without probable cause.

But Ridge also faults both major parties for failing to come up with a national policy and opening the door for state laws like Arizona's.

Ridge spoke Tuesday in an interview with The Associated Press in Denver before appearing at a public discussion on terrorism.

He says Congress should "legitimize" the status of the 12 million illegal immigrants in the country but not grant them citizenship.

He also advocates "brutal" penalties for employers who hire illegal workers and says the U.S. should push Mexico to help control immigration.


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