traffic offenders being checked for immigration status

2 08 2010

What’s the big deal if a police officer asks someone who is already pulled over for something else if they are in the country illegally?  For some reason, certain politicians are making a big stink about it.   It’s a major issue in Arizona now, as you’ve probably heard, even though their law for checking immigration status is basically the same as the federal law.

Let’s look at what’s normal.  Suppose you are pulled over for speeding.  The officer will look at your license plate and tags, and if they are expired, he will write you a ticket for it, even though he pulled you over for something else.  If your insurance card is expired or if you don’t have one, you will get a ticket for that, even though you weren’t pulled over for that.  If you have slurred speech or smell like alcohol, you may have to take a breath-analyzer test, and if you fail that you will get a ticket and/or go to jail, even though you weren’t pulled over for that.  So such things are normal.   If you are breaking the law for something else, you may get in trouble for that also.  So if you are breaking the law by being in the country illegally, you can get in trouble for that.  That seems normal to me, as well as reasonable.

But the issue goes deeper than that, doesn’t it?  Supposedly it has to do with politicians wanting to get votes from certain demographics…

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3 08 2010
Thomas Wayne

You mean a politician would overlook injustice for the sake of votes? Oh, the humanity!

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