Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Can I see your papers?

Arizona, please, please reconsider this horrible law. You are truly one step away from being the Gestapo. It's idiocy I tell you! 
    For those of you who have absolutely no idea what I'm talking about, you know, you people that live in holes and caves in the Midwest (props for finding internet!) Arizona passed a law yesterday that will be used to make fun of Arizona for years. The law requires state and local police to determine the status of people if there is "reasonable suspicion" that they are illegal immigrants and to arrest people who are unable to provide documentation proving they are in the country legally.The law makes failure to carry proof of citizenship a crime (Star of David on our shirts? Or rather in our pockets.) Those who don't produce such documentation can be arrested, jailed for 6 months, or fined up to $25.00. So what is proof of citizenship? Birth certificates, drivers licenses, and social security documents can be faked, fairly easily at that. Some have suggested a national identification card, but that will also be fairly easy to fake. So what will we do? Retinal scans? Chips implanted, like dogs? Where does it end?
    Okay, so explain to me how you can possibly tell if a person is illegal just by looking? Racial Profiling only takes you so far. What about those damn, dirty Canadians? Or the Asians? Or Africans? What about the legal citizens, who just happen to be of Hispanic descent? Speaking as someone who gets flagged at the airport EVERY SINGLE TIME I fly (because they just can't tell what I am,) racial profiling does not work very well. I happen to be a glorious mix of Native American, Irish, English, and German. I look slightly Asian, how's that for an awesome genetic display?) Do I look just "other" enough to be asked to see my ID? Personally, I say bring it Arizona. I shall bring my attorney and we shall see who wins. 
     It makes it a crime to transport someone who is an illegal immigrant and to hire day laborers off the street. Again, how can you tell an illegal who is unemployed from one of the many legal unemployed? 
     The more I read of this law, the more I wonder what some people are thinking? 

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