Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed into law the nation’s toughest legislation against illegal immigration Friday, a sweeping measure that supporters said would take handcuffs off police but which President Barack Obama said could violate people’s civil rights.
The bill, sent to the Republican governor by the GOP-led Legislature, would make it a crime under state law to be in the country illegally. It would also require local police officers to question people about their immigration status if there is reason to suspect they are illegal immigrants.
I have a couple of questions:
1.) What could be the possible reasons to suspect someone is here illegally? There are no possible reasons. This bill will lead to racial profiling.
2.) Why doesn’t legislation go after the employers? Immigrants are coming here for opportunities. Who gives them opportunities? Employers.
3.) What about the immigrants who came to this country and are here legally? How will this affect them? Will they feel comfortable calling the police? Trust between members of society and our police agencies is crucial to keeping us safe. If they don’t have faith in their local police they are at greater risk of being victimized more often. Local criminals will know that they can get away with committing the crime.
Along with this immigration bill, Arizona has also passed a law permitting concealed weapons, and the House has approved a bill requiring a presidential candidate to show his or her birth certificate to appear on the state ballot. The last bill is appeasing to the birther movement.