KRISTOL: I doubt that it violates the Constitution, if it does, it’s a matter of federal preemption against state law. I don’t think it violates anyone’s civil rights. And I think, look I'm a liberal on immigration. I supported the Bush/McCain proposals in 2006. I took a lot of grief from some of my conservative friends on this.
I have actually read this bill. It is not draconian. It is not going to lead to major civil rights violations. Will a few people get stopped perhaps because some policeman has reasonable suspicion that a person is illegal? Will he be stopped perhaps on the street and asked to provide his driver’s license? Yes. That is the huge horrible civil rights violation that’s going to occur 5 times or 8 times or 13 times in Arizona.
Meanwhile Arizona has almost half a million illegal immigrants. There are huge burdens on the hospitals and crimes being committed near the border and it's not unreasonable for Arizona to do this.