"The law allows law enforcement to request proof of legal immigration, residency, or citizenship of anyone they suspect might be an illegal immigrant. "
Now I may be hallucinating but it looks like two very important parts of how this law works have been lef tout:
1. I beleive this law is only invoked *after* the police have reasonabe suspicion to stop someone for something *other* than immigratioin status and
2. they have to have reasonable suspicion that a person is an immigran tbefore they can inquire as to status.
"Reasonable suspicion" is a good legal term....there are hundreds of precedents as to what constitutes such for a police stop and none of them include a person's skin color or language.
I'd expect a NEWSpaper to print the actual law, not what the scare-mongers tell you the law is.
I do not expect supportes of illegal immigration to do anything OTHER than use scary-sounding misstatements though.
This seems a well-crafted law designed to meet a compeling need. Iif it generates thousands of illegal aliens and annoys the feds, then just maybe they *aren't* doing all they can to secure the borders.
Justice Department's lawsuit against Arizona a sham, say critics
By Jim Kouri, Public Safety Examiner, July 7, 2010
On the day following the holiday weekend on which Americans celebrated their nation's independence from a foreign country, Attorney General Eric Holder's Justice Department filed its lawsuit against the State of Arizona for daring to pass a law that protects innocent people from criminal aliens, terrorists and other malefactors who violate U.S. immigration laws and live in Arizona illegally.
However, in spite of White House rhetoric -- and euphemisms -- and news media spin, most border state Americans know the truth about illegal immigration: That the Mexican government practically exports its poorest citizens to the United States for a number of reasons.
First, it relieves Mexico's government of the responsibility of providing social and healthcare services for them. Second, it provides that country’s economy with an influx of US cash when these illegal workers send money they earn in the US back home. And third, it defuses problems with far-left groups who are usually successful in using the poor to advance their political agenda.
But there is another benefit to the exportation of Mexicans into the US -- President Calderon saves money on his criminal justice system by exporting his criminal population to the United States. Thus, Mexico's crime problem becomes a U.S. crime problem; Mexico's prison problem becomes the U.S. taxpayers' prison problem.
"As it stands today, the United States has become Mexico's penal colony. While their police and military officers supplement their incomes by providing protection for Mexican organized crime organizations, they actually aid illegal aliens with maps, water and other assistance," said former NYPD detective and military intelligence officer Sid Franes.
"While President Calderon launched his vitriolic attack on Arizona, his own police routinely check the immigration status of people residing or visiting Mexico, as well," he added.
It’s difficult to ascertain just how many criminals from Mexico are currently committing their criminal offenses. In fact, the mainstream news media when covering crime cases intentionally neglect to mention that an illegal alien is responsible for a murder or a rape that’s being covered.
You’ll rarely, if ever, read a story in the New York Times about criminal aliens who routinely kill, assault, rape and rob American citizens. And when hundreds of illegal aliens were discovered working at military installations and nuclear power plants, where were the reporters from the wire services?
It is safe to assume, however, based on a number of government reports, that there are upwards of 200,000 criminal aliens residing in the US. That doesn’t include gangbangers such as MS-13, a group boasting as many as 15,000 gang members nationwide.
For example, Border Patrol agents in the Tucson, AZ Sector have apprehended 27,834 illegal aliens with criminal records, 74 of which were for homicide. Last fiscal year, the Tucson Sector apprehended 14,506 illegal aliens with criminal records. These figures do not include the thousands of criminal aliens apprehended by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents or those in other Border Patrol sectors.
Note: Jim Kouri is 5th V.P. National Association Chiefs of Police
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