Arizona sure took things into their own hands to solve the illegal immigration problem! They definitely showed the rest of the nation that you don’t need the federal government to solve problems for you, didn’t they!
Well, except that the Arizona agency that is responsible for implementing the new law has asked federal authorities for help. The issue here is: how do police officers enforce a law that requires them to arrest illegal immigrants based on a “reasonable suspicion”, without racial profiling, which is prohibited by the law.
When I try to make a helpful list of the top signs that someone might be an illegal alien, all I can come up with are:
- Their skin is a different color than white
- They speak with a funny accent
- They are standing on a street corner looking for work
- The have jobs doing work that legal Arizona residents refuse to do
Can you do better?
Well, the Arizona police have to do better, which is why the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board requested the assistance, saying “Participation by federal authorities is critical in ascertaining how to implement a standard of enforcement.” But the federal government has not answered his request.
Luckily, the Daily Show has created a handy guide for determining whether there is reasonable suspicion of someone being illegal: