There has been a large outcry of protest against Arizona's newly passed SB 1070. According to many more knowledgeable about Federal law than myself, the Arizona's law largely mirrors the text of Federal law, making these crimes state crimes that will be enforced by state law enforcement agencies.
But if the new law is racist, as the protesters claim, then why is not the Federal law also racist, and why haven't the protesters rallied against the Federal laws as well?
Perhaps the reason is that Arizona laws are now likely to be enforced by the state of Arizona, rather than ignored by the United States. To paraphrase Forrest Gump:
"Racist is as racists does, sir!"