Perhaps you think the United States should be tougher on illegal immigrants. My mother is a legal immigrant and is quite bothered by the fact that her family had to go through hoops and others find ways around them. So be it. I won’t argue if illegal immigrants are taking jobs away or leeching public resources.
No matter where you stand on how illegal immigration needs to be addressed, I don’t see how you can defend the following, from SB1070.
B. FOR ANY LAWFUL CONTACT MADE BY A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIAL OR AGENCY OF THIS STATE OR A COUNTY, CITY, TOWN OR OTHER POLITICAL SUBDIVISION OF THIS STATE WHERE REASONABLE SUSPICION EXISTS THAT THE PERSON IS AN ALIEN WHO IS UNLAWFULLY PRESENT IN THE UNITED STATES, A REASONABLE ATTEMPT SHALL BE MADE, WHEN PRACTICABLE, TO DETERMINE THE IMMIGRATION STATUS OF THE PERSON.
Let’s break this down.
FOR ANY LAWFUL CONTACT MADE BY A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIAL OR AGENCY OF THIS STATE OR A COUNTY, CITY, TOWN OR OTHER POLITICAL SUBDIVISION OF THIS STATE
Honestly, I have no idea what “agency of this state…” means. But, police, provided they aren’t breaking the law, can do what follows. Presumably, this means that they cannot bust your door down to do this. But, if you’re walking down the street, I imagine they could just start talking to you, as that would be “lawful contact”.
WHERE REASONABLE SUSPICION EXISTS THAT THE PERSON IS AN ALIEN WHO IS UNLAWFULLY PRESENT IN THE UNITED STATES, A REASONABLE ATTEMPT SHALL BE MADE,WHEN PRACTICABLE, TO DETERMINE THE IMMIGRATION STATUS OF THE PERSON
What’s reasonable suspicion? You’re running around screaming “I’m an illegal immigrant”? You have an accent? You’re Hispanic? I mean, really? What is reasonable suspicion? It’s never defined in the bill. As is, in SB1070, that allows a helluva lot of leeway. And I don’t see how any answer will sound good or like it won’t promote racial profiling.
In the end, let’s say you are absolutely anyone walking around in Arizona. Given SB1070, what is to stop a cop from taking you to jail if you don’t have an ID card on you, with the intent of “determining your immigration status”?
You don’t have to be doing anything wrong and they don’t have any guidelines as to what is and isn’t acceptable “reasonable suspicion”. No matter how they are trained, assuming there is some system that will be in place, there would be nothing illegal about the above scenario. To be safe, everyone will have to start carrying their ID with them at all times. There is something inherently offensive about this to most Americans. It seems to me that wherever you stand on the political spectrum, this law allows for civil liberties to be decreased and more government intervention in our lives. Or at least the lives of Arizonans, for now.