Residents have mixed feelings on immigration law

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - "The first time I heard about it, I just couldn't believe it. I was blown off my mind."

Randy Reyes doesn't like Arizona's new law.

He has family in Guatemala and says there's one big reason illegal immigration is on the rise.

"It's really tough on other countries. You can't get jobs, money is too little. In the United States, you got a future," he says.

"Boundaries to me...I don't see them. Inside the United States, you say you're leaving Alabama to go to Georgia, there's no difference. As far as country goes, I feel the same way. There should be no difference," says Montgomery resident, Ashley Farmer.

Farmer doesn't see a need for immigration laws.

But many states do and are taking cues from Arizona since they say illegals drain state budgets.

In the last legislative session, Alabama state representative Greg Wren co-sponsored bills similar to the Arizona law.

But gambling and other hot button issues sidetracked his bills.

So, he plans to introduce them again next year.

"I would go on strike."

Reyes doesn't support a crack-down on illegals.

But says if they're going to come to America, "they have to work. You just can't come here and be like, 'I'm going to do things like just go around and have fun.' No, you need to come here to work."

Still Pamela Gay believes immigrants should follow the rules.

"Persons who want to work in this country should have legal papers."

Wren believes he'll have support from both Democrats and Republicans on an immigration bill next year.

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