Thursday, July 29, 2010

Profile, Please

It would be pretty easy to avoid racial profiling, a big concern with the controversial Arizona immigration law, which was mostly put on hold yesterday by a federal judge.

Local cops simply could ask everyone who is stopped on suspicion of a law violation if he or she is in the U.S. legally.

Asking a single question shouldn’t be much of an impact on the officers’ time. It would be sort of like asking to see a driver’s license during a traffic stop.

Unfortunately, because few Americans carry proof of legal residency, this nondiscriminatory policy could result in the arrest of most of the population. That, of course, would have an impact on the gendarmes’ time. Because most of our workforce would be in jail, we would have to invite a whole lot of guest workers to cross our borders and build and staff a huge number of holding cells.

And where would those who were convicted be deported to? And, as many do now, would the new wave of guest workers become illegal by staying in the country after their legal work time expired?

These are important questions all should ponder.


Jhawk23 said...

Good thinking, Gabby. I put a link to you in my post today.
This is one of several ways in which I think the immigration situation never gets solved because we earlier immigrants tend to want a solution that deals with "them" without affecting us.

Omar said...

What part of illeagal is so hard to understand? USA seems to be the only country in the world whose borders can be crossed with little or no consequence.If some one comes here without authorization anything they do is a crime.

Dick Klade said...

I think an "illeagel" is a sick bird, so I understand that. I also understand the meaning of "illegal." I'm not in favor of anyone being in this country illegally.

I'm plenty tired about people yapping about the fact we have a problem. What to do about it is another matter. The American history I've read (and that is quite a lot of it) makes it pretty clear that the colonists were incensed about illegal searches and seizures by the British government (their government at the time)as well as "taxation without representation" and other metters. Is that concern (which translates to racial profiling, searches without warrants, telephone tapping, and other distasteful activities nowadays) something we should just ignore?

Dick Klade said...

Oops, I don't undertand what "metters" are. Think I meant "matters," but my short-term memory is not what it once was.