Today I stumbled on a Left-leaning, Right-Bashing blog site called Sensico (making sense of things)
It has some articles of sense, however there are a lot that are nothing but Leftwing bash pieces on anything perceived as “conservative”, as such they contain about as much truth as the Protocols of the Elders of Zion.
One piece in particular that offended against reality was one on the Arizona illegal immigrants law. Now I am not sure this law will end up working out, but I do not think it is even close to being unconstitutional. It certainly isn’t what the Lefties are portraying it to be, some kind of white paper to stop and ID anyone who is not as “American” looking as Andy Griffith! Here is my response to the madness…
Can it be that you really do not understand the law?
Let us break it down to the key sentence in your quote…
“FOR ANY LAWFUL CONTACT MADE BY A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIAL OR AGENCY”
The LAWFUL CONTACT comes FIRST! The cop will have to show that BEFORE he/she had suspicions there already had to be Legal CONTACT. You know how hard the defense attorney will fight to keep this a HIGH bar to clear. Without something like a dash-cam of speeding or some such it will be VERY hard to get by this first hurdle.
“…WHERE REASONABLE SUSPICION EXISTS THAT THE PERSON IS AN ALIEN WHO IS UNLAWFULLY PRESENT IN THE UNITED STATES,”
Another hurdle here BEFORE any ID check can be made aimed at immigration status, a double one too! REASONABLE SUSPICION not only of a person not being “born here” but that they are here ILLEGALLY. Frankly I am not sure WHAT might pass this test in court. Certainly it will not be a trivial hurdle.
“… A REASONABLE ATTEMPT SHALL BE MADE, WHEN PRACTICABLE,”
Another hurdle, this lets cops know that it is not acceptable to go around Murphy’s barn to get the info needed, if the proper computer is down when a cop checks someone at a traffic stop it would not be reasonable to arrest them to be held until the check can be made. This law is loaded with hurdles and qualifications.
“… TO DETERMINE THE IMMIGRATION STATUS OF THE PERSON.”
I am not sure what would constitute “cause to suspect illegality”, this law appears to merely make the law enforcement people DO SOMETHING when they DO have good reasons to think that someone is illegal AFTER coming into contact with them officially FIRST.
Given that a total lack of English could be excluded as proof of possible illegality by a good lawyer, without some other confirmation, such as uncertainty about answers regarding when they entered the U.S., or where they were born if they claim to be a citizen.
NOT ONE WORD of this law would seem to me to open the door for someone to be stopped for nothing and checked out merely for LOOKING foreign! To claim otherwise is to deny that you understand simple English…