Arizona's Political Bomb
Could this be another case of racial profiling?
On April 23, 2010 the State of Arizona signed a bill into law that could have negative explosive effects on the future of that state. The bill was signed into effect by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer and is scheduled to go into effect in July 2010.
America’s border spans 2,000 miles most of which is unguarded. It is estimated that there are 460,000 illegal immigrants in the state of Arizona alone. This large number of illegal immigrants has prompted Arizona to create a law that will do what the federal government has failed to do and that is to stop these immigrants from settling in their state.
Although Arizona residents believe this new law will solve their immigration problem, most Americans believe it will snowball into a political bomb.
The language of Arizona’s new law would require that all immigrants carry documents verifying their immigration status. It would also make it legal for Arizona law enforcement officers to question a person about their immigration status, provided there is ‘reasonable suspicion’ that the person in question may be in this country illegally. But the big question is what does a person look like who is in this country illegally? Are they considered illegal because they look like people of Mexican or Latino descent? Better yet, how can a citizen define ‘reasonable suspicion’? Should we be suspicious of a person just because they look ethnically different?
It is unconstitutional to harass someone based on your personal judgment; such action is considered to be an act of prejudice and worthy of being called racial profiling. In a time when all of America’s states should be united, racial profiling would only drive a wedge of division deep into the heart of this country and set the nation back instead of catapulting us ahead of our primitive racial barriers.
This law is clearly saying that law enforcement officers will have the right to stop, confront and search every person in Arizona that does not look like the average American. To put it bluntly, this law would give the police permission to harass Mexicans, or anyone who looks like they could be from Mexico. Such a law could easily be considered racial profiling and would conceivably be unenforceable because it would place a significant burden on local law enforcement, and would create legal issues pertaining to an individual’s basic human or constitutional rights and privileges.
I am of the opinion that Arizona’s approach to their problem of illegal immigrants is all wrong. You cannot just hassle people because you think they’re illegal based on their ethnicity alone. People are entering this country illegally because of Americans who hire them for cheap labor.
As a deterrent we should have stricter laws in place and more punishment for employers who continually hire illegal workers. We make it too easy for illegal aliens to make a life for themselves in our country by making it mandatory for our children to learn Spanish in school, but in essence it should be the other way around.
While many people believe the law is unconstitutional, Arizona’s Governor Jan Brewer and Arizona’s Senator John McCain supports the new law. Senator McCain says the new law is a response to President Obama’s failure to secure America’s borders. Both he and Governor Brewer believe the new law is their only option to stop illegal immigrants from entering their state.
Could Arizona be setting the timer which could activate a bomb within their party by passing such a law? For now Arizonans are optimistic about the new law. We’ll have to wait and see if the long-term repercussions of alienating Latino voters will affect Arizona’s decision to pass their immigration bill which will become law in July of 2010.