Arizona’s immigration law authorizes police to demand to see “an alien registration document” – a green card, passport or state driver’s license – for anyone police suspect of being in the country illegally.
What objective criteria would police use to identify suspects who might be in the country illegally? Looks? Language? Literacy?
Anything I can imagine reeks of racial profiling, which is shameful and will discredit this country.
South Africa’s Pass Laws required black South Africans to carry passes; failure to produce a pass upon police demand often resulted in arrests and imprisonment.
Is this where America, my country of birth, is heading?
The next time I visit family in Arizona, I’ll refuse to carry or show any ID. If asked for proof of citizenship, I’ll demand to know by what objective criteria I’m classified as “suspicious.”
I hang my head in shame and disgust, as we become the land of the fear and the home of the cowards.
-Judy Bamberger, O’Connor, Australia