There’s been a large hubbub about the Arizona Immigration Law that has been passed. There are a lot of people who support it and a lot of people who are against it. I took the time to read through the bill (SB1070) today and the only thing I found that I think people have issue is this right here:
B. FOR ANY LAWFUL CONTACT MADE BY A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIAL OR AGENCY21 OF THIS STATE OR A COUNTY, CITY, TOWN OR OTHER POLITICAL SUBDIVISION OF THIS22 STATE WHERE REASONABLE SUSPICION EXISTS THAT THE PERSON IS AN ALIEN WHO IS23 UNLAWFULLY PRESENT IN THE UNITED STATES, A REASONABLE ATTEMPT SHALL BE MADE,24 WHEN PRACTICABLE, TO DETERMINE THE IMMIGRATION STATUS OF THE PERSON. THE25 PERSON’S IMMIGRATION STATUS SHALL BE VERIFIED WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT26 PURSUANT TO 8 UNITED STATES CODE SECTION 1373(c).
The parts I made bold hurt their argument in my opinion. I don’t believe this law gives Arizona Law Enforcement Officers an excuse to pull over every person they believe is not an United States citizen. However, think on this, even today racial profiling exists. This law is a good law in my opinion because honestly, if you’re here illegally, you’re violating our laws. Simple as that. You are violating the law. Violating the law has consequences. I don’t mind people immigrating to the United States, some of my best friends are legal immigrants. I don’t care what country you’re from, if you’re here illegally, you’re breaking the law. If racial profiling does come from this law, it is the duty of the citizens to report the officer to the police department, if that doesn’t work, vote out the police chief (I’m assuming that most towns have you vote for police chief). Don’t protest against a good law because you believe it can be abused. Any law can be abused. So far as I’m concerned, I’m for this law.