Perry criticizes Ariz. law, won't adopt for Texas

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) is not a fan of the new Arizona immigration law and said he would not consider adopting it for Texas.

In a statement released by his office, Perry said the Arizona provision would distract law enforcement officers from their basic priorities.

"[S]ome aspects of the law turn law enforcement officers into immigration officials by requiring them to determine immigration status during any lawful contact with a suspected alien, taking them away from their existing law enforcement duties, which are critical to keeping citizens safe," Perry said.

"Our focus must continue to be on the criminal elements involved with conducting criminal acts against Texans and their property.  I will continue to work with the legislative leadership to develop strategies that are appropriate for Texas.:

While Perry said he "fully recognize[s] and support a state’s right and obligation to protect its citizens" the Arizona law "would not be the right direction for Texas."