The Supreme Court struck down much of the Arizona immigration law SB1070, but upheld the controversial "show me your papers" part of it.
Governor Jen Brewer was happy with the partial victory. Now police there still have a right to check a person's immigration status while enforcing the law if "reasonable suspicion" exists that the person is in the US illegally.
Though I wonder just how these cops will define "reasonable suspicion" when they are on the job.
"Civil rights will be protected and racial profiling will not be tolerated," said Governor Brewer, who then added that cops are not supposed to solely consider race, color or nation of origin.
But it seems as though this law requires officers to do just that. Isn't that the whole point of it? They want to weed out people of a certain race, who are from a particular country of origin and are not here legally. There is no way to avoid racial profiling. I doubt they will harass just as many white, blue-eyed, blond-haired people about their citizenship.
I'm not blaming the police officers. They have to uphold the law, but how can they do that without trampling on the rights of all the people they "suspect" to be illegal immigrants. Not all of them will be.
How will these cops avoid unfairly questioning American citizens who are Mexican or citizens who even just look Mexican. President Barack Obama said he remains "concerned about the practical impact" of the law and that "No American should ever live under a cloud of suspicion just because of what they look like." He's right.
What do you think of this law?
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