Stephanie McCrummen
Washington Post
Thursday, July 22, 2010

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BENSON, ARIZ. — Paul Moncada, the silver-haired police chief of this highway town, spent a recent morning anxiously checking the TV for news about Arizona’s controversial new immigration law, set to take effect in a matter of days.

He sifted through stacks of state training materials, which still left him with lots of questions. And he worried about the frustrated people in town who might sue him for not enforcing the new law well enough, the frustrated people in town who might accuse him of racial profiling and the thousands who cross the blazing desert around here and whose lives he is also duty-bound to protect.

“There’s pressure from all sides, and I understand all the sides,” said Moncada, 56, who grew up here and has served on the force 34 years. “I’m just telling my officers: Do your job. It’s nerve-racking.”

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