A lot of fuss over law
Would all of the whiners please just read [Arizona’s new immigration] law ("Justice is blind, new law isn’t," letters, May 13). The new law, SB 1070, is posted on the Internet for all to read. Other than a great deal of testosterone-related posturing between the feds and local/state Arizona law enforcement regarding what information can be tracked and who may arrest, detain and turn over illegal aliens, there is not a whole lot here to get all wound up over.
If the feds had not told Arizona to back off and stay out of "their" business, things would not have come to this. Or if the feds had not "given up" on restricting the flow of aliens north, it still would not have gotten to this point. I have extracted the following from SB 1070:
"For any lawful contact made by a law enforcement official or agency of this state or a county, city, town or other political subdivision of this state where reasonable suspicion exists that the person is an alien who is unlawfully present in the United States, a reasonable attempt shall be made, when practicable, to determine the immigration status of the person. The person’s immigration status shall be verified with the federal government pursuant to 8 United States Code Section 1373(c)."
No random pulling over of obvious racial groups just on the basis of their race. The key is — for any lawful contact — if you are pulled over for a violation, and do not have a U.S. driver’s license, then I believe that no matter what racial background you have, you should be asked to have someone meet you at the station with your birth certificate, though I suppose that if modern technology can call up your photo on the license you are not carrying, then you could just get a fine.
Capt. Dolph WattsCamp Liberty, Iraq