The Arizona legislature yesterday voted 21 to 35 along party lines to make it a criminal offense simply to be an undocumented immigrant on Arizona soil and to require local cops to determine a person’s immigration status if there is any “reasonable suspicion” the person is undocumented. The law would essentially require police to racially profile Latinos and threatens to terrorize immigrant communities already trying to survive in what is arguably the country’s most anti-immigrant state.
This is pretty much the most blatant legalization of racial profiling that I’ve ever seen. Arizona is already an extremely anti-immigrant state, dealing with the likes of Sherrif Joe Arpaio, who is notorious for his anti-immigrant (and anti-choice) policies.
Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, has come out against the bill.
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