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?
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