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TODAY'S QUESTION: Will Arizona's immigration law lead to racial profiling?

Tuesday, April 27, 2010 | 11:02 a.m. CDT

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed an immigration bill Friday that is considered one of the toughest bills concerning illegal immigration ever passed.

A point of contention with the bill is the power that police have to enforce the law. Police officers are required to "reasonably attempt" to determine the immigration status of anyone they suspect of being in the country without authorization. Also, officers are authorized to arrest someone without a warrant if the officer has probable cause to believe the person has committed any public offense that makes a person removable from the U.S.

Critics say this will lead to more racial profiling of the Hispanic community.

Brewer said racial profiling wouldn’t be tolerated and police would have proper training to carry out the law.

Others believe the law could harm the Arizona community.

Alessandra Soler Meetze, president of the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona, said many citizens will be affected by the law for something simple like having an accent or leaving their wallet at home.

The law's consitutionality will likely be challenged in the courts. Currently, immigration enforcement is the responsibility of the federal government.

However, Kris Kobach, a University of Missouri-Kansas City law professor who worked with Arizona lawmakers on the measure, said the law “threads the needle perfectly” between what states can and cannot do.

Will Arizona’s new immigration law lead to racial profiling? Is the law constitutional?


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Dave Francis May 3, 2010 | 3:25 p.m.

WHERE'S THE REAL BORDER FENCE TO DEFEND AMERICA?

Homeland Security Czar Janet Napolitano lied to the American people about the border fence. It was never built to original specifications. She said the actual fence stretched 745 miles? It doesn't? large regions are still old barbed wire fencing. Other areas are restricted by vehicle barriers. In some cases none functioning cameras and movement sensors is the only enforcement. The Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations bill specifically eliminated the main funding mandate of the Secure Fence Act of 2006 as a two layer fence. Learn the facts about these lies at AMERICAN PATROL.

Washington has already appropriated over a trillion dollars to fight two isolated foreign wars and also assisting in building Israels wall. If Amnesty is passed the costs will dwarf the two wars we are now fighting. But the taxpayers of our nation get the budget cuts for our national security fence, and get--NOTHING, to protect us from the deadly insurgency of drug smugglers and millions of illegal aliens. No wonder Arizona had to enact a strict immigration police limitation. on law

What do most politicians and entertainers know about living in the real world today? Absolutely--NOTHING! Shotages of energy, crammed highways and ever growing pollution of the environment--and humans too. Here to do citizens-legal residents harm. PUT THE NATIONAL GUARD ON THE BORDER--NOW!

The Tea Party and thousands of anti-illegal immigrant organizations, will fight to stop any type or form of AMNESTY. Any kind of Amnesty will just bring in millions more people, waiting their turn for the next path to citizenship. Those here can bring in millions of close family members, which we as taxpayers will end up supporting. If Amnesty passes we will be obligated to give more government entitlements. Before President Obama signs the final document, the border will be swarmed by hundreds of thousands who will arrive by plane or ship. Finally the legal immigrants who have waited for years, will be upstaged by the illegal criminals here.

AMNESTY--It should be up to the people by popular vote or by referendum, because giving 20 to 30 million foreigners a rapid path to citizenship is an unjustifiable outrage. It will be a major catastrophe on the Federal, state, county and city public welfare benefits inflicted on our nation. We cannot afford it and it will divide the country, as other states like Arizona have been forced to enact their own immigration laws. The government we voted for refuses to protect the border or the majority for the American people, because of NAFTA and its diplomacy with the corrupt government next door. There should be no restraints on funding any of these measures when it comes to the American people's protection, for jobs, taxes, infrastructure, ecosystem, population growth and more. To learn more go to NumbersUSA website

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