Immigration bill allowing police to question if immigrants are in the country legally was signed into law by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer today.
Placing the responsibility on police will lead only to racial profiling and push Arizona further towards a police state. The thought that people have to carry documents with them to prove they are in the country legally is beyond comprehension. Please, explain how a police officer is supposed to delineate between a “legal” and an “illegal” Latino man or woman? What if a citizen is asked for his or her papers but doesn’t have them? Well, they are likely to be detained until they can prove otherwise. Have we as a country gotten so anti-immigrant that we’ll actually throw citizens in jail for not having documents on hand?
Will the police ask Whites, Jews, Persians, Muslims, African Americans, Asians or Armenians if they have papers?