If you’ve been keeping up with current events, you’ve probably heard about the new immigration bill passed in Arizona. It’s being referred to as the toughest measure against illegal immigration yet. The law allows police offers to ask a person for their documents if they have “reasonable suspicion” that that person is an illegal alien. Racial profiling much? Jon Stewart has put his two cents in on the law. Immigration is obviously a much debated issue throughout the rest of the country as well. Tim James, a gubernatorial candidate in the state of Alabama, has made it a significant part of his platform, too:
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Note the heartfelt musical accompaniment, his reflective glance toward the ground before asking if it makes sense to you, and his declaration that “This is Alabama. We speak English”. I thought that it was a parody of some kind.
As for the Arizona issue, it will continue to be the subject of heated debate. A number of rights groups have criticized the law. Police Officer Martin H. Escobar of Tucson is pursuing a lawsuit, citing that there are no means of identifying the immigration status of individuals without using race-based criteria. In any event, it’s a hot issue that we should definitely keep up with.