12 May 2010
Schwarzenegger jokes he would be deported under new American immigration law in Arizona
The California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has joked that he fears he may be deported under Arizona’s new immigration laws.
Schwarzenegger was speaking at an event at Emory University, Atlanta, when he expressed his opinion about Arizona’s new American Immigration law.
"I was also going to give a graduation speech in Arizona this weekend. But with my accent, I was afraid they would try to deport me," the Republican governor joked.
The new law, which will take effect in July, requires all immigrants to carry documents verifying their legal American immigration status and allows police officers to question a person about his or her immigration status if there is "reasonable suspicion" they are an illegal immigrant.
There are fears by civil libertarians that “reasonable suspicion” in practice could be based on appearance or accent.
The law has prompted protests nationwide, with many lobbying President Obama to undertake immigration reform on a national level.
On NBC's "Tonight Show" last month, Schwarzenegger called the law "a mess" and something that he would never consider for California.