The first reaction to Arizona’s new attempt to crack down on illegal immigration was surprise and, in some cases, outrage. The law, which allows police to check the immigration status of anyone suspected of being here illegally, was quickly branded a “police state” measure. President Obama and the president of Mexico denounced it, and there have been hints that the Justice Department might sue to overturn it. But meanwhile, almost two dozen states and many local jurisdictions are said to be considering similar laws. Clearly there’s a disconnect here. What do you think of the Arizona law and Obama’s reaction? Is the law too tough, or will the backlash force new national legislation on immigration? Drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and let’s discuss.