Stop, Look, And Show Me Your I.D.

Now that you’ve had time to digest everything the media is telling you about the new Arizona Immigration Law, and you’ve had time to read it (you did read the link I posted here on my site didn’t you?), Let’s look at the meat of the bill.

NO OFFICIAL OR AGENCY OF THIS STATE OR A COUNTY, CITY, TOWN OR OTHER POLITICAL SUBDIVISION OF THIS STATE MAY ADOPT A POLICY THAT LIMITS OR RESTRICTS THE ENFORCEMENT OF FEDERAL IMMIGRATION LAWS TO LESS THAN THE FULL EXTENT PERMITTED BY FEDERAL LAW

FOR ANY LAWFUL CONTACT MADE BY A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIAL OR AGENCY OF THIS STATE OR A COUNTY, CITY, TOWN OR OTHER POLITICAL SUBDIVISION OF THIS STATE WHERE REASONABLE SUSPICION EXISTS THAT THE PERSON IS AN ALIEN WHO IS UNLAWFULLY PRESENT IN THE UNITED STATES, A REASONABLE ATTEMPT SHALL BE MADE, WHEN PRACTICABLE, TO DETERMINE THE IMMIGRATION STATUS OF THE PERSON. THE PERSON’S IMMIGRATION STATUS SHALL BE VERIFIED WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PURSUANT TO 8 UNITED STATES CODE SECTION 1373(c).

Take a moment to read that part one more time. I’ll wait.

Arizona is simply enforcing federal immigration laws at the state level. Federal immigration laws that the feds are not (and have not been) enforcing.

The federal government changed the law in respect to state issued identification a few years ago.

By now people should have noticed that their renewal of their license in 2005 or later required much more documentation than was required prior. The reason for that is because the Federal Government set a series of guidelines that must be met for the issuance of IDs in order for the federal government to accept them.

Since all but one state is in compliance with these federal guidelines that is why a valid license from all states except one is proof someone is here legally.

In every state, but one, when you produce your state issued identification you are essentially proving your citizenship status at the same time.

As a white male in America I have been subjected to this very thing my entire life.

When I wanted to drive a car, I was told I needed proof of who I was in order to obtain a driver’s license. When I applied for grants and student loans, I was told I needed proof of my identity in order to receive either one of them. When I write a check, purchase alcohol, or use my credit card, I am constantly asked for identification. But most importantly, when I travel to Mexico, crossing at a legal border crossing, I am asked for my identification when I return. I am forced to prove my identity when I enter my own country.

I have lived my life pulling out documentation and providing proof of my identity. Why should it be different for anyone else? Many states already have laws on their books requiring you to carry (and produce when asked) photo identification, so how is this law any different?

Many people consider this bill to be racial profiling, but let’s be honest here. It’s not like we have hundreds or thousands of Irish people crossing our southern border on a daily basis. It’s only natural that some people consider this new law racist since, coincidentally, a large number of those here illegally are of the same race.

The new Arizona immigration law isn’t really new (or news) at all. The 17 page bill simply gives authorities the right to double check someone’s citizenship status while engaging them for other reasons (traffic violations, investigation of crimes).

If I am not mistaken, I am also asked for my identification if I am pulled over for a traffic violation or suspected of committing a crime.

Obviously, our country was founded by immigrants, but illegal immigration shouldn’t be tolerated. If we’re willing to ignore one crime, how long will it take until we begin to ignore all of them?

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