Author Of Arizona’s Anti-Immigrant Law Says Infants Can Get IDs To Prove They Are ‘Legal’

senate_sb1070_120424a-615x345Explaining the “reasonableness” of controversial SB 1070, Republican Russell Pearce says that suspicious children in Arizona are welcome to carry state-issued IDs to ensure that they aren’t rounded up and taken to detention centers. Compassionate conservatives, always thinking of the little ones. Raw Story reports:

The author of a controversial anti-immigration bill in Arizona said on Tuesday that young children could simply get state-issued identification to prove they are in the U.S. legally.

Appearing before a Senate Judiciary subcommittee, former Arizona state Senate president Russell Pearce defended the state’s SB 1070 law, which requires police to check the immigration status of suspects during traffic if there is a “reasonable suspicion” that they undocumented immigrants.

Committee Chairmen Chuck Schumer wondered why the bill did not exempt minors from having to produce proof of citizenship. “All the children can be checked and should be checked under the law and its regulations,” Schumer pointed out. “What are the children supposed to show?”

“Again, reasonableness is the thing,” Pearce said. “In Arizona, we allow parents to go and get an Arizona ID at any age if a parent so choses.”

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  • Audio7

    Makes one wonder if those who wrote the bill understood its implications. Or if they even cared.

  • Hex

    I don’t see why JacobSloan has his panties in a twist. Children who are legal residents and citizens are required to have an SSN or other form of identity verification if they want to attend school, get welfare of student loan benefits, or if they are charged with a crime. This bill just codifies de facto rules.

    • Redacted

      Lay off the pot son.

    • urza9814

      First of all, you’re full of shit. I’ve personally met numerous undocumented highschool students. Care to explain how they managed to be enrolled if you need a SSN to do so?

      Secondly, you’re full of shit. There’s no law or ‘de facto’ rule anywhere in the US requiring you to carry ID at all times. This law is not ‘you must posses some form of ID’ it is ‘you must carry ID on you at all times’. HUGE difference. I never had any form of ID on me until I learned to drive — because what did I have? Birth certificate? Social security cards? Both sensitive documents that you are generally advised to never carry with you. They were at home locked in a filing cabinet where they belong.

      And finally — yup, you guessed it — you’re full of shit. EVEN IF everything else you stated was actually true, there’s a HUGE difference between ‘not being given certain priviledges’ and ‘able to be rounded up, imprisoned, and deported at any time for any or no reason.’

      As much as you may wish we were living in the Soviet Union or Nazi Germany where any police officer can approach any person, demand their papers, and imprison them if they do not have any, that’s not where we are. That’s not America. Of course, I’d be willing to bet quite a lot (hell, I’d bet my life) that that’s not actually what you want. What you actually want is a country where they can do that to any BROWN people they want. Fuck you, you racist asshole. Unless you’re 100% Native American, you’re an immigrant too — and if that’s how you feel about immigration, then get the fuck out of my country and go back to whatever shithole your ancestors crawled out of to get here.

      • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

        I was with you til the last paragraph.

        You sort of lost me with the over-the-top ad hominem and the unsubstantiated allegations of racism.

      • Calypso_1

        Native Americans immigrated over Beringia from Siberia. 
        Unless you’re a Giant Ground Sloth, you must carry papers showing lawful residency status.

  • Raz

    Next, he will try to mark then like the nazis marked the jews.

  • Okarin

    it’s political maneuver to try to solve the problem, just removing all the social programs that also server illegals with the legals would reduce funding for large voting blocks

  • Vincent Vega

    I would really appreciate it my country enforced the immigration laws and deported those that are here illegally.  Put a knot on their head before returning them, maybe a couple so they don’t come back time after time.  My ancestors invaded back in the 1750s when there were no laws but the law of the land.  Had they came over after the USA was formed they would have done so legally, thru the immigration process like many did at Ellis Island. The amendment that allows anchor babies was created for the children of those Ellis Island immigrants, to make it easier for them to be a citizen.  A person that hops the border and drops out a kid does not fit that description and thus the child should not be given citizenship.  Major flaw that has gone unchecked, I want to see the ones responsible tried/impeached for incompetency.
    I’m a racist, the mexicans have made sure I am by their racist treatment of me.  Fuck them!  They don’t want to be Americans, they want to run Americans out of California, Texas, and any other state they can. Every heard of white flight? Now there is black flight as well, everyone is running to a place that they don’t have to deal with racist mexicans.

    When it comes to your town you will understand, until then, walk a mile in my shoes.

  • Haystack

    You know what’s ironic is that Arizona was Mexican land until we took it from them by force in the 1840’s. I guess illegal immigration is okay as long as you have a military backing you. 

  • Davesavailable

    Hverre are chore Paapers? Hup aganst ze vall, chew! 
      The only “proof” of citizenship an american has is their birth certificate, everything else derives from that, even the SSN.  What would you do if accused of being an illegal CANADIAN? It is specifically and explicitly RACIST.

  • Bluecollarmoto

    What a stupid story. It’s not anti immigration you fool! It’s anti ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION! Are you so stupid you don’t know the difference?

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