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Updated on February 24, 2014

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Why The Surprise?

 When Arizona's Governor signed an immigration bill into law giving their police officers the right to request documentation from anyone they suspected of being undocumented, I wondered why such an unconstitutional law was signed or even proposed.  The decision Tuesday by the US Attorney General to file a suit to block the laws implementation came as no surprise to me.

To begin with, we have a clear case of a state or local government entity performing a duty that is a federal responsibility.  The argument that AM-Radio/FOX News(?) nation makes is that the Federal Government has not adequately performed the duty.  But why not press Congress to more adequately fund enforcement, perhaps even crack down more on the business that rely on undocumented workers for cheap and exploitable labor?  In a bit of irony, a recent decision involving the sacred, at least to many of the supporters of Arizona's law, 2nd Amendment could be used as a precedent in overturning Arizona's law. 

The second reason is that the Arizona law is basically racial, if not ethnic profiling.  No matter how much Arizona tries to deny it, Hispanics are going to be more likely to be asked for proof of citizenship.  Be too brown-skinned, or perhaps be driving a certain kind of car in Arizona, and you'll likely be asked for proof of citizenship.  This is likely why the ACLU has come up so strongly against this and similar legislation; we have a case where the prohibition of an unreasonable search is seen as being abridged, once again in the name of "Homeland Security".

Of course, the people that are behind Arizona's law, and similar legislation in States like Pennsylvania, aren't likely to concerned with Constitutionality.  They're concerned with taking our frustrations on an outgroup, in this case Latinos.

By The Time I Get To Arizona--Public Enemy


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    • JON EWALL profile image

      JON EWALL 

      7 years ago from usa


      ''When Arizona's Governor signed an immigration bill into law giving their police officers the right to request documentation from anyone they suspected of being undocumented, I wondered why such an unconstitutional law was signed ''


      Where ever you received that info, pleses do more research.

    • steve8miller profile image

      Steven Miller 

      8 years ago from Ohio Great City of Dayton

      Well the upcoming elections would be the reason why this law was proposed. The same thing happened in California with prop well I forget which one 19 I think. Anyway they pulled the same thing because of the upcoming elections. Typical GOP for ya.

    • TeaPartyCrasher profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Camp Hill, PA


      I hope you'll join the fun soon. . .

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      8 years ago

      I clicked on several hubbers pages - and some of their hubs - explored the site. You were on of several people whose accounts i clicked on and then clicked off of. This site is pretty interesting!

    • TeaPartyCrasher profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Camp Hill, PA


      Thanks for the feedback.

      And I think I even said that if the issue is with Federal laws and their enforcement that a better option would be to get Congress to step things up.

      I just wonder why Arizona would have proposed a law that will likely be found unconstitutional?

      Finally, my next hub, that I should have done today, will be on this idea of outgroups that I see as a major component of American Conservative thinking, and why that is.

      PS. How'd you stumble onto this, as I see you're unregistered.

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      8 years ago

      I support the law. The federal government has already had laws like this in place, but will not enforce them. if Arizona does, It sends a message. (Also, the law will be scraped, it is not the state's right... It is the federal government's... it sends a message that people want the law enforced however, which i s a good thing imho.) if you come to America LEGALLY, that is great. I fully support that, and believe that ALL immigrants should be given a chance to come to america legally. (Or serve in the military!). onto your next point about ethnic/racial profiling. OF COURSE HISPANICS ARE MORE LIKELY TO BE STOPPED! You are at the mexican border. Are more whites and blacks here illegally, or hispanics? hispanics, therefore there will be more reason to stop a hispanic. That is like a jail break with 90% whites and 10% blacks, and if the officers stop more whites than blacks they are being racist. That argument is a dud.

      Finally, I love the fact you attack the opponents of your argument and imply we are racist (Last sentence made me crack up!). When you have no valid point you attack your opponent's character, not the acts they are committing. That shows weakness.

      The upshot- the law will be scraped, but it sends a strong message to the government that it needs to step up. God bless America and its peoples, regardless of your religion or race.


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