Arizona has cracked down on illegal immigrants yet again and the Obama administration is not happy.
This seems familiar…
It's becoming such a big deal that the Supreme Court is going to have to mediate.
The arguments will mainly focus on whether states can make their own immigration laws to deal with the estimated over 11 million illegal immigrants or if it's solely the federal government's jurisdiction.
A Sheriff in Cochise County, Arizona, which shares an 83.5-mile border with Mexico, said:
"If the federal government had been doing and would continue to do its job in securing the border here in southern Arizona, this would not be an issue. Unfortunately, they failed to do that so Arizona stepped up and said, 'We want to be partners. Here’s a role we think we can play.'"
The big problem the federal government has are four parts of the law. These parts would require police to question a person's immigration status while enforcing other laws, require all immigrants to carry immigration registration papers, make it a criminal offense for an illegal immigrant to seek or hold a job and allow police to arrest suspected illegal immigrants without warrants.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said:
"It blurs what used to be a very bright line, that you can’t stop someone and ask for papers based just on how they look.
But the impact is on citizens as much as immigrants. It’s a dragnet approach that sweeps up law-abiding American citizens based on the color of their skin or ethnic origins."
These laws basically sound like they are giving police the right to discriminate.
Actually, less the right and more requiring them to discriminate.
This is all leading down a dark path. We're glad the Supreme Court will be intervening.
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