"I am very disappointed in Governor Brewer today for signing this bill and disappointed with the state legislature for forwarding this to her. By signing this bill into law today, Governor Brewer has put another unfunded mandate on local law enforcement and county jails ... This bill forces our already stretched county deputies to do the job of the federal government and forces local taxpayers to pay for it."

-- Liz Archuleta, chairwoman of the Coconino County Board of Supervisors

The Flagstaff police oppose the bill "mostly because of the obvious implications of having victims and witnesses to criminal activity be unwilling to come forward to police to share what they know."

"First and foremost, we are concerned with public safety, and we don't know that this will be of benefit to public safety."

"This is a federal issue, that obviously needs some addressing on the federal level."

-- Josh Copley, deputy chief, Flagstaff police department

"This really is a massive expansion of police power, promoted by a Legislature that claims to be in favor of small government."

-- Joel Olson, NAU political science professor

"While the Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce was officially neutral on this bill, we're sure that business and tourism leaders in Flagstaff and across Arizona will be closely monitoring the enforcement of this bill to ensure that the new law is enforced fairly."

-- Julie Pastrick, president of the Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce

"Unfortunately, the governor is afraid to stand left of the radical politics of (Arizona Rep.) Russell Pearce. The issue has divided Arizona and divided the nation, and only in Arizona have we chosen to embarrass ourselves in proclaiming some sort of radical resolution to this issue when there isn't an easy solution at all."

"The real solution belongs in comprehensive immigration reform that John McCain outlined three years ago when he was running for president. Until we get that, and this law repealed, we're simply going to have community division and chaos within the command of police departments."

"In some communities in Arizona, if you have brown skin and you send your kid out for a gallon of milk, you better hope they take their ID with them."

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"We've laid off 1,000 teachers in northern Arizona. How do we have the resources to ship people back to their own countries?"

-- Tom Chabin, state representative, D-Flagstaff

"I believe that it's bad legislation ... I have a concern about putting my officers in a position to have them profile people based on the color of their skin and the language they speak."

The sheriff has about three deputies on a shift, typically, to cover an area from Parks to Cameron to Winslow.

If one of them spends more time enforcing immigration law, that will leave less time to investigate citizen complaints and other problems, he said.

He supports border security before all else.

"Before any reasonable or sustainable legislation can take place, the southern border has to be sealed."

-- Bill Pribil, Coconino County sheriff

"Personally, I feel like this bill legalizes racial profiling, regardless of what the governor says."

Formerly from Tucson, this NAU student said he was pulled over often in high school while driving, in what he considered racial profiling.

He and a few others held all-day protests Friday at NAU.

-- Javier Ramos, freshman art major at NAU

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