Poll: Will Arizona's Tough Immigration Law Lead to Racial Profiling?

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that one aspect of Arizona's tough stance immigration law is constitutional, three provisions are not.

Imagine driving around and being pulled over, not for any traffic infraction, or because of the condition of your car, but simply because of the color of your skin, the music you are playing, your facial features, or even the language you are speaking?

This is what some opponents of Arizona's S.B. 1070 say will happen with the law that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled today to be constitutional on one provision and unconstitutional on three others.

The law would allow police officials in Arizona to determine the immigration status, basically with everyone whom they come in contact with if they suspect that they are in the country illegally.

The Supreme Court however struck down the provisions in the law that made it a crime for immigrants to not carry immigration documents, prevents illegal immigrants from working in the country and allows for arrests without warrants in certain instances.

Proponents of the law say that it's necessary to combat a problem that perhaps is more intense in the border state and that is not sufficiently regulated by the federal government.

The law now goes back to the lower courts for an injunction to be lifted so that it can take into affect.

Although this is happening in Arizona, this is an issue that affects nearly every city in California, especially those with an agricultural industry including Sonoma.

Where do you stand on Arizona's tough approach on immigration? Should California follow suit? Why or why not? Is this law racist?

Don't forget to comment and answer our poll question.

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Angela White June 26, 2012 at 02:47 PM
It probably will lead to racial profiling, which is awful, no matter how you look at it but the truth, we don't know how bad things are for other states or for the police officers that are on call and dealing with the problems in that area. Also something to be considered is many police officers in Arizona are Mexican or at least speak fluent Spanish. I think the state should have the right to choose how they handle illegal immigration, especially being a border state. You don't see Idaho having these same issues. It's a difficult situation but people should be treated fairly with decency and respect, regardless of citizenship.
Dee Baucher July 01, 2012 at 06:44 PM
If every person arrested for any crime is treated the same, with the same protocol for determining identification, there should be no problem. All people arrested will need to provide documentation of who they are, and where they live. Period. No variability for anyone, regardless of race or ethnicity. Its not that hard. The only people who object to this, are people who deliberately do not want to provide that documentation, because they do not want to be identified, at all. It has nothing to do with racism, it has to do with wanting an excuse to avoid being identified. And our federal government (especially current administration) wants to keep people from being identified, because this allows them to continue to pretend that they do not know who is here illegally. Lets all keep our heads in the sand, and pretend that we do not know what is really going on here. This has nothing to do with racism or racial profiling.
pete July 01, 2012 at 07:53 PM
Dear Ms Baucher- It isn't merely being arrested for a crime it is being stopped because a police officer "thinks" you look like an undocumented alien who "might" be doing something possibly wrong. And what does an undocumented alien look like? I can say without our meeting obviously not like you.
Dee Baucher July 02, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Pete: The Supreme Court decision specifically blocked the portions of the Arizona law that would allow the police to stop people who just "appeared" to be undocumented. That is the whole point. They said the police could not do anything but let ICE know if they happened to determine that someone was undocumented, in the course of an arrest for a crime. They can not just stop people for the purpose of asking for ID. Nobody is required to carry their documentation of legal status. But if anyone (legal or not) is arrested for a crime, they then can be asked for their ID. If someone is arrested for a crime and it is determined that they are undocumented, that information can be provided to ICE. The Arizona police can not consider just being undocumented, without having broken any laws, a reason to report a person to ICE.


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