New Yorkers are continuing to band together against Arizona's immigration bill. One Queens church held a vigil, with attendees hoping for everything from violence to salvation to befall Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, who signed the bill into law on April 23rd. “I would like to pray with her, to change her heart,” one undocumented worker told the Times. Others weren't as sympathetic, with a few dressing up like devils and one man suggesting he'd like to punch Brewer. However, not everybody has been jumping on the Arizona-bashing bandwagon.

Andrea Peyser of the Post claims her illegal nanny, for whom she paid taxes, is in favor of the new immigration laws. "They just want to take from this beautiful country," she said. "They don't want to work. They want to commit crimes or whatever." Newsday reports (subscription required) Rep. Peter King has also called the attacks on Arizona "self-righteous," and says the law is "similar to what the federal government should be doing." After being named the House GOP chairman of the National Security Solutions Group, he said, "It's easy for us sitting thousands of miles away. The only problem we're going to have in New York is too-crowded neighborhoods, maybe some extra crime, whatever, assuming the worst."

Despite their criticism, New Yorkers have been showing their support for illegal immigrants. The City Bar Justice Center said in a press release that they believe the bill is an "unfair, unjust law that will cause great hardship to many people regardless of their immigration status," and want the ABA/NLADA Equal Justice Conference to be moved from Phoenix, otherwise they won't attend. CUNY has launched a program aimed at getting Mexican immigrants (and presumably immigrants of other ethnic groups) working in the restaurant industry to go back to school, even if they are undocumented.

Baseball players are even getting into the debate, as nearly 28% of MLB players are of Hispanic origin. Chicago Cubs fans boycotted a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks last week, and New York Mets catcher Rod Barajas said, “If they happen to pull someone over who looks like they are of Latin descent, even if they are a U.S. citizen, that is the first question that is going to be asked. But if a blond-haired, blue-eyed Canadian gets pulled over, do you think they are going to ask for their papers? No."