Arizona legislature demands immigrants and President of the United States verify their status

Putting aside the birther thing, which is just embarrassing for Arizona, how do the police propose to determine who is and who isn’t a legal immigrant? Are they planning on stopping people on the street? Make you prove your birthplace if you’re pulled over for a traffic ticket? Who carries that kind of proof on them? Your driver’s license doesn’t say where you’re born, so how exactly will police enforce this? The danger is that they’ll simply use this new law to terrorize Latinos, Arabs, and any other out of stater the local police want to harass (and from what I understand from family in Arizona, harassing out of state cars is the local police pastime in parts of Arizona).


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