Friday, September 21, 2012

Left Side of the Aisle #74 - Part 3

Update on AZ "papers, please" law

Unfortunately, this week is a case of one step forward, two steps back and I have two bad news updates on things I have talked about before.

Taking the older one first, the way has been cleared for the worst part of Arizona's race-baiting, xenophobic, anti-immigrant, "papers, please" law to be enforced.

Much of the law had been struck down by the US Supreme Court in June the on grounds that states must defer to the federal government on immigration policy. But the most contentious part remained, a provision that requires police to inquire about the immigration status of anyone they stop if they "reasonably suspect" the person is in the country illegally.

Gee, I wonder what kind of person this will happen to.

An emergency appeal was filed in federal court, arguing the practice will inevitably lead to racial profiling and unreasonably long detentions of Latinos.

That appeal was rejected this week, allowing police to begin enforcing the law, under which any combination of brown skin and accented - or, worse yet, no - English will become a cause to be "detained."

Five other states - Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, South Carolina and Utah - have adopted laws modeled on Arizona's.


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