Posted by: arnegrim | April 23, 2010

Let me get this straight…

“Obama said the federal government must act responsibly to reform national immigration law – or “open the door to irresponsibility by others.”

“That includes, for example, the recent efforts in Arizona, which threaten to undermine basic notions of fairness that we cherish as Americans, as well as the trust between police and their communities that is so crucial to keeping us safe,” Obama said.

If signed into law by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, the legislation would require police to question people about their immigration status if there’s reason to suspect they’re in the country illegally.”

The government can raid my home on ‘probable cause’… take me into custody, scour any and all records public and private on ‘probable cause’… but we can’t ask if someone is here legally?!?

It is the opposite end of common sense!



  1. This argument is wrong. Your points about what can be done to you revolve around “probable cause.” What’s the probably cause for asking someone to prove their legal status in the US? It’s racial profiling. Either that, or it’s ad hoc and random. That’s why it’s wrong.

  2. The law says they have to have a reason to suspect they’re here illegally… How is that different? Could it be abused for ‘racial profiling’? Sure… just like any number of laws… that doesn’t mean the laws shouldn’t exist or be enforced.

  3. What will the “reason to suspect” be? Because they’re brown-skinned and working? Or because they’re not working? What will create the reasonable suspicion here?

  4. I don’t know… I assume since this law is meant to help the Police enforce existing laws that it’s not some arbitrary thing. As I said before, will it be abused? Probably… But probably no more than any other law.

  5. What would be your suggestion to enforce immigration laws?

  6. I don’t really have a suggestion at this point. I like the idea your article mentions; I’m simply skeptical it can be done without targeting people by racial profiling. If they can accomplish it without discriminating, then I’d support it.

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