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Racial profiling in Arizona?

  1. wilderness profile image95
    wildernessposted 6 years ago

    I see there have now been 7 lawsuits filed against the Arizona immigration law.  The latest one includes as a plaintiff the League of United Latin American Citizens and complains that the training materials for the police in learning how to enforce the new law will promote racial profiling.

    It seems the training teaches police NOT to profile, but to include such observations as whether a person speaks poor English, looks nervous or is traveling in an overcrowded vehicle.  They can also take into account whether someone is wearing several layers of clothing in a hot climate or hanging out in an area where illegal aliens are known to look for work.

    I'm not sure whether the League thinks that hispanic Americans all speak poor English, look nervous all the time, wear far too many clothes and hang out with illegal aliens looking for work or if they think all illegal aliens doing these things will be hispanic.

    Sounds more to me as if the lawsuit is the one guilty of profiling, not the training materials.......

  2. kephrira profile image60
    kephriraposted 6 years ago

    Good point about the lawsuit having more prejudice than what it's complaining about.

    Things like this are really crazy. I remember people complaining that muslims were being targetted through profiling by anti-terrorism police. But surely if a police unit investigating Islamic terrorism were to deliberately investigate innocent Christians, Jews and Hindu's just to 'balance the books' then that would be a dereliction of duty and would endanger people's lives. In the same way if police are investigating illegal immigration from Latin American countries, then surely they have to target Latin American people, don't they? How else could the law be enforced? Everyone just gets so sensitive about it and cries racism at the first opportunity, but I think that they just have to get over it and accept that's the way it is.

    1. Strophios profile image59
      Strophiosposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      And I'm sure you'd be quite happy to be forced to carry your papers around because you're hispanic. Or have to put up with being stopped by police all the time, because you're the third generation of your family to live in America.

      It's really easy to say "get over it" when it's not happening to you.
      Or worse, "that's the way it is." A phrase more dangerous to freedom and liberty has rarely been heard.

      1. kephrira profile image60
        kephriraposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Sorry, I know it sounds glib coming from someone who doesn't experience it and I do feel for people who are, but I just see it as a choice between enforcing the law and inconveniencing a group of people, or not enforcing the law.

        And really, is getting stopped and asked a couple of question every now and again really that bad? If the police are actually wrongly arresting people or bullying and mistreating them then that's different, but that's not to do with the profiling issue, it's to do with police misconduct.

      2. Jim Hunter profile image60
        Jim Hunterposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        The consistent use of "your papers" is the lefts way of relating enforcing the law to the crimes of Nazi Germany.

        I was born in the U.S. and carry my "papers" everywhere, its called
        i d e n t i f i c a t i o n.

        The race baiting is old, find a new shtick.

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          Brenda Durhamposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          Cool, Jim.  You said it well.  If I'd seen your post before, I probably wouldn't have written mine.  But anyway, it said what I wanted it to say, and it was high time anyway.

          1. Jim Hunter profile image60
            Jim Hunterposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            Thank you, if 20 people said the same thing it would be fine, the left will still disagree.

            You said it right, with them its about feelings.

            1. Ron Montgomery profile image60
              Ron Montgomeryposted 6 years ago in reply to this

              ditto

        2. Ron Montgomery profile image60
          Ron Montgomeryposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          Not seeing the difference displays the weakness of your position on the matter.

          1. Jim Hunter profile image60
            Jim Hunterposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            I must have a weak position because you said so.

            1. Ron Montgomery profile image60
              Ron Montgomeryposted 6 years ago in reply to this

              Your words say so.

          2. maven101 profile image79
            maven101posted 6 years ago in reply to this

            And seeing the difference displays YOUR bias...

            1. Ron Montgomery profile image60
              Ron Montgomeryposted 6 years ago in reply to this

              I'm quite proud of my bias.  I happen to share it with most law enforcemnet personnel in Arizona.  They (and everyone but the wingnuts) understand the detrimental effect this law would have on ACTUAL law enforcement.

              1. Jim Hunter profile image60
                Jim Hunterposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                Your bias prevents you from looking at things objectively.

              2. maven101 profile image79
                maven101posted 6 years ago in reply to this

                I see you are still looking at the world through the prism of Us vs Them...The enlightened liberal mind against the dastardly conservative wingnuts...That is so yesterday...Come into the light, my friend, and leave that Flagstaff fountainhead of faux fascism behind...Flagstaff is much like Berkeley in that it is a politically insular and self-aggrandizing community dominated by secular progressives in academia and government...
                My association with Law Enforcement is professional, and I can tell you that SB1070 is a most welcome tool that will be aggressively enforced when activated in August...Incidentally, here is a list of those Law Enforcement associations and groups that support SB1070: Supporters of the bill includes the Arizona Police Association, nine county sheriffs, the Fraternal Order of Police, Phoenix Law Enforcement Association, Maricopa Deputy’s Law Enforcement Association, Maricopa County Detention Officers Association, Glendale Mesa and Chandler Police Officers Associations, Border Patrol Officers Association, the Arizona Highway Patrol Association and many more.

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                  Brenda Durhamposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                  Praise God.
                  It's good to know that many of our Law Enforcement people still maintain both common sense and the integrity of the Law.
                  Maven101 it is great to see you today! smile

                2. Ron Montgomery profile image60
                  Ron Montgomeryposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                  You are confusing political figures (elected sherriffs) and political organizations with people who actually are involved with law enforcement on a daily basis.

                  The first suit against the ridiculous bill was filed by Tucson police officer Martin Escobar with the support of rank and file officers accross the state.

                  Police chiefs and city governments close to the border (the ones who would be hurt most if the bill actually came to be) are firmly against it.

                  1. Jim Hunter profile image60
                    Jim Hunterposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                    How would they be hurt?

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        Brenda Durhamposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Excuse me, but I've been an American citizen all my life, and I'm white, and I'm of the "third generation of my family to live in America", AND I have to "carry my papers around" (my driver's license and other I.D.);  and I personally don't MIND being stopped if there's some suspicion about my car or that my appearance might fit the profile of a person of interest to the police or something.

        That's the way it is.  And no that's not a "dangerous phrase" in THIS issue.   It IS a dangerous phrase coming from the highest Office in the land, though, because he has rubbed our noses into that phrase time after time, and from the liberals like you who are so selfishly thinking only of YOUR "feelings".

        If "civil-rights"-activist-minded people like you keep pushing us, conservative WHITES might just finally decide WE need a bunch of advocacy groups in our government to defend OUR rights, because I for one am about fed up with the whinings of people who want to change America into Mexico or Africa or whatever.   THIS IS AMERICA.    If immigrants want to come here and BE Americans, good!   But if they want to come here and change it into something different, they should go back to where they came from.
        You say we don't know how you feel?
        YOU don't know how I feel.  Well, you do now, if you'll stop being so focused on your own self.

        1. Ron Montgomery profile image60
          Ron Montgomeryposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          You're right. The clock should be turned back on civil rights; back to the good 'ol days of white supremancy, and darkies knowin' their place.

          Gimme that old time religion..
          It's good enough for me!

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            Brenda Durhamposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            You're so full of it Ron, and you know it.

            1. Ron Montgomery profile image60
              Ron Montgomeryposted 6 years ago in reply to this

              Brilliant...roll

              No church today?

      4. wilderness profile image95
        wildernessposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        You're right in that if you are white, or black, or oriental you probably won't be stopped while walking down the street to show your "papers".  Of course the same holds true for hispanics as well - without additional indications police have no reason to demand identification.

        On the other hand, it won't matter what race you are if you are wearing all the clothes you own in 100 degree heat, standing with illegal aliens looking for work and darting glances around looking for police while ready to run at the drop of a hat.  Police SHOULD check, and are being trained to do so.

        Again, it sounds to me as if YOU are the one profiling, having decided that only hispanics are illegal aliens. 

        Police always "profile" when looking for illegal activity.  If you spill hot coffee in your lap while driving and weave around a bit while getting it off yourself, you may be stopped for a breathalyzer test as a weaving car is one of the "profiled" activities police look for in DUI cases.  The only question in Arizona is whether race profiling is being used for investigations and they have gone to great lengths to eliminate all such reasons possible.

        No, it's just another case of trumped up charges being claimed in an effort to continue the importation and use of illegal aliens (I wonder how many US citizens belong to the "League of United Latin American Citizens").

  3. Ron Montgomery profile image60
    Ron Montgomeryposted 6 years ago

    It's all a moot point anyway

    It will never get through the courts.  It was a cheap political ploy from the beginning.

    1. Jim Hunter profile image60
      Jim Hunterposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      I don't think Arizona is trying to regulate immigration law, it seems to be identifying illegal immigrants and holds them for federal agents.

      I think the law will hold up.

      1. wilderness profile image95
        wildernessposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Like you, I'm not so sure it will be struck down.  The first half of the article seems to indicate that it probably will, but the second half seems to say it may not.

        I think it will mostly depend on the political and ethical stance of the judge(s) hearing the case.  As prettydarkhorse points out below is all too often the deciding factor and will be in this case as well instead of actual law being the deciding factor.

        1. Jim Hunter profile image60
          Jim Hunterposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          I think it will be struck down by the 9th US district court. The liberal bias is there but if it gets to the US supreme court it will be reversed.

  4. prettydarkhorse profile image66
    prettydarkhorseposted 6 years ago

    I think that all people have prejudice and bias! Objectivity is a moot! Even judges don't read the law, they interpret it and judge according to what for them is right and wrong according to law and personal conviction!

    1. wilderness profile image95
      wildernessposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Unfortunately there is far too much truth in your statements and it is an indication of what is wrong with our justice system.  When the courts make law instead of the elected legislature the people are left out in the cold.

      We also see the result in the current suits against Arizona.  The intent of the law is quite clear - to catch illegal aliens WITHOUT the use of racial profiling, but this suit requests the court to "interpret" the law to include profiling instead.  And the court, believing the law to be "wrong" on other ethical grounds may well interpret it that way in spite of clear language to the contrary.

  5. manlypoetryman profile image71
    manlypoetrymanposted 6 years ago

    Please...be oh so politically correct...because you are a racists if you want to see immigration done as the law written. No one says: "Get Out"...just follow the rules...but don't dare be an illigal immigrant in Mexico...they give their citizens the right to enforce "citizens arrest" on illigal immigrants. Alas...another double standard...Go figure? I.m just saying.

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      Brenda Durhamposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Yup.  I've always heard about how anyone traveling to Mexico needs to be wary of the government there as well as the corrupt  groups.

      But here in America we are not supposed to have any national pride or sovreignty nor rights to look out for the well-being of our citizens, according to the "tolerant" liberals.

      1. Dave Barnett profile image61
        Dave Barnettposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        ILOVE THE SMELL OF NAPALM IN THE MORNING! From Apocalypse Now. Howdy all you them thar white folk! Someone here speak to my own friend, (and others I've known) His name will be "Tiny" he is a Tehano (PHonetic spelling, sorry!) His family has been in the U.S. since the Texas war of independence. Remember the Alamo? He hates, I repeat HATES illegalls. Is he prejudiced?

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          Brenda Durhamposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          You might wanna lay off the sugar for a while.
          Or the booze.
          Or your prejudiced mind.
          Whatever makes you show some common sense.

  6. lovemychris profile image79
    lovemychrisposted 6 years ago

    If the original Americans IE Indians are against it, that's good enough for me.
    Who knows better the damage white people can do?

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      Brenda Durhamposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      What the heck?  I thought I'd seen all the hatred you could spout already, but that one is even uglier.

  7. tom hellert profile image60
    tom hellertposted 6 years ago

    HHMMMM if your looking to go fishing... Go to a lake or ocean. If you want to buy fruit go to a fruit market or the  produce section of the store but dont look for a frozen turkey at Office Max don't try to buy cheese at an auto repair shop-
    The law is stupid- you will find what you are looking for - where? where IT IS... how do you find it - by what it looks likew or does- i am 240lb white guy with the tanning ability of notebook paper I speak with a Buffalonian accent  or so I'm told- They are not going to stopp me because i look like an illegal alien but if they did i would show them whatever but C'mon why should they waste their time coming after me?
    TH

  8. Ralph Deeds profile image69
    Ralph Deedsposted 6 years ago

    Racial profiling in Arizona? Who'd a thunk it? Answer: the Justice Department who is suing none other than Sheriff Joe Arpaio, hero of nativists, Teatards and other ignorant rabble.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/03/us/03 … scp=2&

    The Justice Department filed a lawsuit on Thursday against Sheriff Joe Arpaio  of Maricopa County for not cooperating with an investigation into whether his department was systematically violating the rights of Hispanics.


    The government is looking into whether Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s department discriminates against Hispanics in its immigration sweeps.   

    Obama administration officials called the suit the first time in 30 years that the federal government had to sue to compel a law enforcement agency to cooperate with an investigation concerning Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

    “The actions of the sheriff’s office are unprecedented,” Thomas E. Perez, assistant attorney general for the department’s civil rights division, said in a statement. “It is unfortunate that the department was forced to resort to litigation to gain access to public documents and facilities.”

 
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