BLITZER: Immigration is not a crime, you're saying?
CALDERON: It's not a crime.
BLITZER: So in other words, if somebody sneaks in from Nicaragua or some other country in Central America, through the southern border of Mexico, they wind up in Mexico, they can go get a job...
CALDERON: No, no.
BLITZER: They can work.
CALDERON: If -- if somebody do that without permission, we send back -- we send back them.
BLITZER: You find them and you send them back?
CALDERON: Yes. [...caveats, equivocation and hand-waving follow...].
H'mmm. So if Arizona did everything State law mandates doing -- which doesn't include random stops for lookin' illegal, by the way, you need to be jaywalking, moping with intent or running down little old ladies in a flatbed truck with no plates (etc.) before they can ask -- and simply didn't call it a crime, that'd be okay with our good, good pal Presidente Calderon, who treats his excess population like Dennis the Menace, with our border states in the Mr. Wilson role. Suuuuure it would.
Y'know, when you've lost Ed Koch (to whose article the linked quote will lead you), you're losin' a big chunk right there in the more-or-less middle of the political dial with him.