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By Cathy Carter

Arizona has passed a new law that makes it a state crime to be in the U.S. illegally. Today Immigration Rights groups from across the country will gather in front of the White House to protest the legislation.

Gustavo Torres is the Executive Director of the Immigrant Advocacy Group Casa De Maryland. He says Arizona's new law is wrong.

"It's racist -- very much -- it's attacking our community. It's unbelievably racist, un-American from all viewpoints because it's very much targeting a specific group," Torres says.

Brad Botwin is director of Help Save Maryland. He opposes today's rally and says Arizona is on the right track.

"We are very supportive of the new Arizona law that will go into effect in about ninety days. We think it's a good step since the federal government has refused to secure the border," Botwin says.

One thing both sides agree: Congress needs to pass comprehensive immigration legislation.

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