evnow wrote:On this I'm with the critics. This is a racist law.
I'm trying to understand both sides of this. It's my understanding that, by definition, 'illegal alien' means the person shouldn't be in the US. These people aren't allowed to be here or work here. Employers aren't supposed to hire them. Traffickers aren't supposed to transport them. If identified for any reason, they can and should be deported.
We pay a lot of money to staff the Department of Homeland Security, and paid plenty to maintain INS and the other federal organizations that were rolled-into DHS. Some of these folks are tasked specifically with managing visas and finding/deporting folks that aren't supposed to be in the country.
I lived in Europe for 7 years and crossed borders in airplanes, cars, trains, and subways before and after the Berlin wall fell. I had to have my papers with me for every border crossing or I wasn't allowed to cross, and had to have identification docs with me 24/7 even when not crossing a border. And I had to present the ID docs if/when stopped by law enforcement for any reason.
I lived in Tucson for a bit over 2 years and have been in San Antonio a bit over 8. Anyone that thinks that ANY police force has the time or manpower to pull-over anyone in Arizona that looks to be of Hispanic origin doesn't know how few cops are in the state.
I get that folks have a fear of racial profiling, but is the 'fear-of' larger or smaller than reality?