28 April 2010

ARIZONA IMMIGRATION LAW – WHAT ALL THE FUSS IS ABOUT.

Last week Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed the toughest anti-immigration law in the nation, which is scheduled t become effective in July. The law requires police to ask for immigration papers from anyone whom they have a “reasonable suspicion” might be in the country illegally. Police ar4e also empowered to detain anyone they hold in such suspicion. 

Since 30%0f Arizona are Hispanic and 80% of illegals are also Hispanic, many people are calling this law “racial profiling.” The big complaint is that this law requires Arizona police to detain and interrogate people solely on the basis of their physical appearance, perceived race and/or national origin. As a country of immigrants, it is clear that the concept of “probably cause” is gone in Arizona. In fact, “MOAD” is a well-known acronym among border patrol and law enforcement agents, meaning Mexican Out After Dark”, and equating it with “reasonable suspicion.” 

The new law also makes it a state crime for immigrants to be found without immigration papers, and individual citizens can file suit against governmental agencies that fail to enforce the law. Those found to be in the state illegally can be imprisoned for up to six months and fined $2500.00, in addition to being delivered to the Federal authorities for removal.

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