How can people who bitch constantly about “big government” (and I readily admit I’m sometimes one of them) possibly be okay with a law that basically enacts a Police State?:
Arizona’s governor has signed into law an immigration bill seen as one of the toughest in the US, despite strong criticism by President Barack Obama.
The bill signed by Governor Jan Brewer will require state police to question people about their immigration status if there is “reasonable suspicion”.
And yet it’s a Republican law and conservatives have “embraced” it. I don’t get it — just add it to the long list of other phenomena that leave me blinking with unfathoming dumbness.
So “reasonable suspicion”, eh? And what might make a cop reasonably suspicious of someone’s immigration status? Probably not their shoes.
There’s no doubt that US immigration reform is needed yesterday if not sooner. But a law that codifies racial profiling and expands police power to the “Papers Please” extent should be unacceptable to anyone regardless of political stripe — particularly those who supposedly want the government out of everyone’s face.
Or is it okay for the government to get in some peoples’ faces? Well guess what — apart from the odious inherent racism in this new law, once the state is empowered to get in anyone’s face they seldom decide it’s a bad idea. What usually happens is they decide it’s a pretty good idea, and might be helpful in other circumstances as well. Does wearing a tie-dyed T-shirt provide “reasonable suspicion” that your house should be searched for drugs?