Saturday, February 16, 2008

Phoenix Police to Question Crime Suspects About Immigration Status

The police in Phoenix, Arizona will soon ask all people arrested whether they are in the United States legally and will in certain cases report the information to the federal authorities, Mayor Phil Gordon announced on Friday. People stopped for civil traffic violations, and crime victims and witnesses, wi;; not be questioned about their immigration status under the new policy.  Those arrested on criminal charges will be asked by officers whether they are in the United States legally. The police may decide to recommend checking by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  Who might the police recommend for further checking?  Regulations are being drafted on this and other aspects of the policy.

The N.Y. Times quotes Antonio D. Bustamante, a member of Los Abogados, a Hispanic legal group in Phoenix, who said the policy changed “only because of xenophobia” and people “who hate the undocumented without understanding the huge contribution they make to the city and the economy.” For the full N.Y. Times story about these developments, click here.

KJ

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"Antonio D. Bustamante, a member of Los Abogados, a Hispanic legal group in Phoenix, who said the policy changed “only because of xenophobia” and people “who hate the undocumented without understanding the huge contribution they make to the city and the economy.”

What does Mr. Bustamente think this has to do with violating our immigration laws? I've come to the conclusion that advocates of illegal immigrants are illogical and too close to their subject to be rational on this issue. Phoenix is trying to combat rampant crime due to the influx of illegal immigrants and the Hispanic community reacts by ignoring their feelings and as much as telling their authorities that by doing so they are xenophobes. Such accusations under such circumstances only serve to make the advocates less credible.

Posted by: Horace | Feb 16, 2008 6:24:27 AM

Don't worry. I'm sure after they've been exposed for rounding up US citizens who happen to be brown I'm sure they'll make certain to question those blond haired and blue eyed people they encounter.

Posted by: Jay | Feb 17, 2008 8:54:26 AM

"Don't worry. I'm sure after they've been exposed for rounding up US citizens who happen to be brown I'm sure they'll make certain to question those blond haired and blue eyed people they encounter."

Frankly, I'm tired of this silly nonsense. Advocacy groups argue against states and local governments enacting laws consonant with federal immigration law based upon the argument that the law could POSSIBLY be abused in racial profiling. By this measure, maybe we should repeal other laws that appear to be disproportionately applied to minorities, regardless of our need for them. We could do away with the laws against murder or robbery because more black people are disproportionely engaged in those crimes in the inner cities. After all, blacks could possibly be racially profiled. Why not do away with our immigration laws based upon the possibility that federal government agencies could possibly be accused of racial profiling. Vetoing the enactment of law based upon the POSSIBILITY that racial profiling could occur is illogical. It's about time for these silly people to put such ludicrous arguments to rest.

Posted by: Horace | Feb 18, 2008 4:10:36 PM

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Posted by: Scott | Mar 27, 2008 12:46:50 PM

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