I don’t see an issue with that Bob, there’d only be an issue if they were stopping specific types of people based on race or colour or only running the checks on a specific racial profile, if everyone is checked where’s the discrimination?
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Pima County's top lawman says he has no intention of enforcing Arizona's controversial crackdown on illegal immigration. Sheriff Clarence Dupnik calls SB 1070 "racist," "disgusting," and "unnecessary."
Speaking Tuesday morning with KGUN9's Steve Nunez, Dupnik made it clear that while he will not comply with the provisions of the new law, nor will he let illegal immigrants go free. "We're going to keep doing what we've been doing all along," Dupnik said. "We're going to stop and detain these people for the Border Patrol."
The sheriff acknowledged that this course of action could get him hauled into court. SB 1070 allows citizens to sue any law enforcement official who doesn't comply with the law. But Dupnik told Nunez that SB 1070 would force his deputies to adopt racial profiling as an enforcement tactic, which Dupnik says could also get him sued. "So we're kind of in a damned if we do, damned if we don't situation. It's just a stupid law."
Dupnik had harsh words for anyone who thinks SB 1070 will not lead to racial profiling. "If I tell my people to go out and look for A, B, and C, they're going to do it. They'll find some flimsy excuse like a tail light that's not working as a basis for a stop, which is a bunch of baloney."
Today, as the nation waits to see if Arizona Governor Jan Brewer will veto Senate Bill 1070 or allow it to pass into law, law enforcement professionals from around the country called the bill a threat to public safety during a telephonic press conference. They warned that the bill, which would force police officers to arrest anyone they “suspect” to be undocumented, would impede their efforts to fight violent crime and that federal action, not state legislation, is the only way to truly fix our broken immigration system.
Speakers on the call echoed the sentiments of the Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police, which opposes S.B. 1070. According to a statement released this week by the AACOP, “The provisions of the bill . . . will negatively affect the ability of law enforcement agencies across the state to fulfill their many responsibilities in a timely manner. While AACOP recognizes immigration as a significant issue in Arizona, we remain strong in our belief that it is an issue most appropriately addressed at the federal level.”
These law enforcement leaders from across the nation urged other states not to follow the footsteps of the Arizona legislature, and called on Congress and the President to pass real immigration reform as soon as possible.
“This legislation clearly shows the need for federal action to address the issue of immigration,” George Gascón, chief of the San Francisco Police Department and former chief of the Mesa Police Department, said. “This unfunded mandate will strain underfunded police departments and increase their liability. It will have a catastrophic effect on policing and set back community policing efforts for decades."
“Addressing the porous national border and enforcement of federal law is the responsibility of our federal government,” stated Richard Myers, chief of the Colorado Springs Police Department. “Enacting local or state laws to compensate for the inadequacies of the national system merely shifts the burden to an already overwhelmed police community. Almost every police department in the U.S. is struggling with shrinking resources and fewer police officers, and we’re still adjusting to the higher expectations on Homeland Security in the post-9/11 era. This is an example of the worst kind of unfunded mandate to local police that would diminish our ability to provide basic, core services to our communities.”
I agree with an "ID" card but I don't think the proper place to be checking them is in the hands of the police -- I think it's with employers and schools. A biometric Social Security Card -- however unpleasant sounding -- may be the only way to go here.