President Barack Obama unloaded on Arizona today, blasting state Senator Russell Pearce's bigot bill SB 1070 as "misguided" and irresponsible during a naturalization ceremony in the White House Rose Garden for 24 active-duty service members.
But he didn't let the federal government off the hook. Indeed, he blamed Arizona's legislative actions on federal immigration reform delayed.
"Indeed, our failure to act responsibly at the federal level will only open the door to irresponsibility by others," said the President. "And that includes, for example, the recent efforts in Arizona, which threatened to undermine basic notions of fairness that we cherish as Americans, as well as the trust between police and their communities that is so crucial to keeping us safe.
"In fact, I've instructed members of my administration to closely monitor the situation and examine the civil rights and other implications of this legislation.But if we continue to fail to act at a federal level, we will continue to see misguided efforts opening up around the country."
Brewer left immediately after her remarks, with the crowd chanting "Veto the bill" as she stomped out.
Already civil rights groups such as the Arizona ACLU
, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, are preparing legal challenges. It's expected these groups will seek an injunction to stop the law's implementation.