Obama vs Arizona

President Barack Obama, along with the Justice Department, filed a lawsuit against the state of Arizona for the passing of an immigration law that would allow the failure of carrying proper documentation subject to arrest. This lawsuit may be taken to court as early as today. Making this the sixth lawsuit against Arizona, many people have argued that the law allows local law enforcement to hassle citizens based on racial profiling.

Arizona has argued, and fine-tuned the law, to emphasize the fact that officers will not perform random spot checks, but will enforce the law once someone has brought attention to themselves because of another law-breaking action. This  questions if “reasonable doubt” could easily be jaywalking, broken tail light, etc. Although this law has been widely contested throughout the country, according to Los Angeles Times, Arizona has already received $120,000 in private donations throughout the nation,to defend the law.  In President Obama’s speech on comprehensive immigration reform, on July 1, he addressed the concern over Arizona:

“States like Arizona have decided to take matters into their own hands. Given the levels of frustration across the country, this is understandable. But it is also ill conceived. And it’s not just that the law Arizona passed is divisive – although it has fanned the flames of an already contentious debate. Laws like Arizona’s put huge pressures on local law enforcement to enforce rules that ultimately are unenforceable. It puts pressure on already hard-strapped state and local budgets. It makes it difficult for people here illegally to report crimes – driving a wedge between communities and law enforcement, making our streets more dangerous and the jobs of our police officers more difficult.

These laws also have the potential of violating the rights of innocent American citizens and legal residents, making them subject to possible stops or questioning because of what they look like or how they sound. And as other states and localities go their own ways, we face the prospect that different rules for immigration will apply in different parts of the country – a patchwork of local immigration rules where we all know one clear national standard is needed.”

With the passing of Arizona’s immigration law, not only the question of whether or not this creates an acceptance of racial profiling, but opens the door for many other concerns.  Is the enforcement allowing the misconception that only Latinos make up the population of illegal workers? Does it deter illegal immigrants from calling in a crime in fear that they may be questioned as well?  Is this law subconsciously exist in other states?

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  • Cerebralcaustic

    I've been racially profiled.

    At college, I was singled out because of my race and sex, and was presumed to have committed misdeeds based on factors beyond my control:

    I'm a white man.

    • Andrew

      So, having been racially profiled yourself, you of course oppose racially profiling Hispanics.

      • YourMom

        DumAse!

        • Andrew

          Did I hit too close to someone's hypocritical home? What's good for the wetback is good for the cracker!

    • http://www.thecarnivalnoir.com Haystack

      That must be really hard for you.

    • Tuna Ghost

      I'm sure that reminded you of the years and years of opression and pain your people went through and how unequally your race and culture are treated in modern soci—oh, wait.

  • Me

    This article makes no sense and is poorly researched. They should stop letting 4th graders contribute to this blog. Research the crime rates in Arizona and California to see how ILLEGAL Immigration is an enormous problem. Maybe, just MAYBE, it's about something other than Racism. Take your witch hunt out of here and do some REAL investigating…

    • Commander

      Actually, the latest research on crime statistics in immigrant neighborhoods are that crime rates have gone down.

    • http://www.thecarnivalnoir.com Haystack

      One effect of this law would be to squelch any chance of the illegal immigrant community informing to police. If you want help tracking down people who are smugging guns and drugs into the country, you won't get it from people who have everything to lose by coming forward with information.

    • vicwiz

      its about racism and egotism. stop hating. The USA just makes america seem great with this bullshit illusion so americans won't immigrate. scared of the world. good thing life is temporary. and saying that other countries dont like immigrants is a myth they dont like immigrants because america does not like anything

  • Polymorpheous

    “many people have argued that the law allows local law enforcement to hassle citizens based on racial profiling.”

    The Arizona law says that anyone wrongly held under this law is entitled compensation of $5000 a day.

    Calling an illegal alien an undocumented immigrant is like calling a drug dealer an unlicensed pharmacist.

    • Tuna Ghost

      …in that it is an accurate description?

    • vicwiz

      fuck you

      • Polymorpheous

        a well educated and though out response.
        thank you.

        • vicwiz

          and once again fuck you

          • Polymorpheous

            and once again you prove yourself a reactionary fool.

          • vicwiz

            man you dont know me. you make a dumb ass comment you get a dumb ass response. i dont want to waster my time with you. I just want a reaction i got one, and once again FUCK YOU. Go learn psychology before i get another rise out of you with little effort.

          • Polymorpheous

            actually, i proved to be quite calm.
            you, however, proved otherwise.

            now before i “waster” anymore of my time.
            have a good monday!

          • vicwiz

            no one cares if you are calm or otherwise. that does not make you a good person. passionless and jaded to the real issues. just stop talking and go act elite somewhere else.

          • vicwiz

            and umm Fuck u!

          • Bigdickmegaherz

            I care you anon pussy. Get a real opinion other than fuck you. Obviously you only disagree for emotional reasons or you would have something intelligent to say. Troll bitch.

  • Tuna Ghost

    …in that it is an accurate description?

  • http://www.thecarnivalnoir.com Haystack

    One effect of this law would be to squelch any chance of the illegal immigrant community informing to police. If you want help tracking down people who are smugging guns and drugs into the country, you won't get it from people who have everything to lose by coming forward with information.

  • Rupert Screwduck

    Who here actually works labor jobs? Well i for one do and it really angers me that someone who comes here illegally can get jobs and i cant. So to all of you who think they are not breaking the law you are wrong plain and simple, They all at least commit one crime border jumping also if they work under the table that's another. Now back too the law its self its basically just a state version of the federal law .. oh btw the federal law passed as constitutional and so has this. Now if you want too say that people should be allowed to immigrate they are but they must do it legally.

    • http://www.thecarnivalnoir.com Haystack

      The barriers to legal immigration are insurmountable to most people:

      http://www.dianahsieh.com/images/blog/immigrati

      And I can hardly begrudge people for breaking US law if they feel that they must do so in order to support their families.

      At the end of the day, national identity is a meaningless fiction. True to form, we frame the problem as “How can we stop these people from sharing our wealth,” instead of “how can we make it so there is enough for everybody.”

      • Needle

        So I presume you do not begrudge someone picking you pocket to feed his family either? How about robbing your house?

        Since national identity is a meaningless fiction you can of course go and live in any other nation whose language you do not speak and whose culture you do not understand. Ever tried that. I have. It's supprisingly hard for something meaningless and fictional.

        • Jose Smith

          False analogy. It's not “your” job. It's not “your” wage. It's A job and A wage and you have no right to it. If an employer is paying people under the table, then Arizona should spend some of its money bringing these businesses to court….but that would be blaming rich white folk when there are so many brown people to blame.

          • Rupert Screwduck

            I have more of a right 2 it then an illegal immigrant.

          • vicwiz

            you have a right to nothing, everything is luck, stop lying and being scared of the world. if employers dont want to hire you its because you are bad for business and think you are better than others.

    • vicwiz

      you need a phd to become legal. If thats the case you are not even legal. Everyone can work labor jobs under achiever. now if it were possible to become legal and other countries were not starving their people you would have an argument. Stop being selfish if you dont help the world become a better place why be alive in the first place?

  • justagirl

    dear mexicans,
    welcome to america. the land of the lotus-eaters.
    we’ll laugh about that later, though.
    i adore almost all of you and hope you are very comfortable.

  • justagirl

    dear mexicans,
    welcome to america. the land of the lotus-eaters.
    we'll laugh about that later, though.
    i adore almost all of you and hope you are very comfortable.

    • Effewew

      Dear Just a girl…

       GTFO!

      • justagirl

        why?

  • Effewew

    Dear Just a girl…

     GTFO!

  • Bigdickmegaherz

    I care you anon pussy. Get a real opinion other than fuck you. Obviously you only disagree for emotional reasons or you would have something intelligent to say. Troll bitch.

  • Guest

    Fuck you

  • justagirl

    why?

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