Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's office is accusing the American Civil Liberties Union of spreading fear and disinformation over the state's illegal immigration law. On Wednesday, the ACLU issued travel warnings for Arizona, apparently concerned over the state's crackdown on illegal immigrants.
"Instead of spreading fear, hate and disinformation about the legislation, it would be helpful for the ACLU to instead join Governor Brewer's demand that the federal government stop discussing and begin implementing an honest plan to secure our nation's border," said Paul Sensemen, Brewer's deputy chief of staff.
Affiliates of the ACLU in Arizona, New Mexico, and 26 other states put out the alert over fears the new state law could lead to racial profiling and warrantless arrests. However, the law has generated bi-partisan support not only in Arizona but among Americans across the nation.
The ACLU alleged that some people have already been targeted even though the law doesn't take effect until July 29, according to the Associated Press.
The alert, issued in advance of the Fourth of July weekend, sparked outrage from Governor Jan Brewer's office.
"It appears that the ACLU once again has proven how hopelessly out of touch they are with the vast majority of Arizonans, as well as most Americans," Sensemen wrote in an email to FOX News Radio.
He denied claims by the ACLU that police are targeting certain demographics based on the language of SB 1070.
"The legislation includes very specific language that makes it abundantly clear that racial profiling is and will continue to be illegal in Arizona," he said.
However, the Arizona chapter of the ACLU said they've heard unsubstantiated reports of people being stopped by police based on their accent and appearance.
"Our goal is to protect Arizona residents from misconduct by law enforcement and to make sure they know their rights should they be subject to it," said Alessandra Soler Meetze, the executive director of the Arizona ACLU. "These are not just rights reserved to citizens of this country but are available to everyone."
But most residents in Arizona support the new law and have taken offense at the ACLU's warning.
"I am outraged," Mary Roberts, of Lake Havasu, AZ, told FOX News Radio. "I am a taxpaying American citizen and I have the right to be protected in my own state. I should be protected from all terrorists, whether they be from the Taliban or illegals."
Teresa Wendt told FOX News Radio that she lives in a quiet suburb near Phoenix that his actually home to a drop zone for illegals. "I wonder how safe I am," she said. "I do have some Mexican friends who are warning their kids to keep their license or ID on them when they are out at night. My question to them -- why would the kids be stopped? If they are doing something illegal they have plenty of reason to worry."
Wendt and Roberts both said illegal immigrants have made the state a dangerous place to live.
"We have lived in Arizona a long time," Wendt said. "It didn't use to be this way."