After reading Mr. Grinfeld's commentary about the new Arizona immigration law, then seeing that he is a Missouri School of Journalism professor, the reason for the sad state of the newspaper industry became very clear.
Mr. Grinfeld paints a fearsome image of a very repressive country using the words Holocaust, Stalin, SS, KGB, and Gestapo. I suppose his flair for the dramatic inspires his students but it doesn't come remotely close to the truth.
Arizona's new law only authorizes police to check for legal status within the confines of existing police contact. Will there be a cop somewhere in Scottsdale who oversteps his authority? Sure, this is not a perfect world, but that will be a rare exception.
The real issue, that I'm pretty sure Mr. Grinfeld doesn't want to address, is how the U.S. can secure our borders and what to do with the millions of folks here illegally already. This isn't racism, it's keeping control of our borders.