Wednesday, August 15, 2012
As Alabama's tough immigration enforcement law H.B. 56 illustrates, immigration is a hot button issue in the South, which has seen an increase in migration from Mexico over the last 20 years. The latest immigration news from North Carolina is that a local sheriff's office has drawn the attention of the U.S. Department of Justice, which recently sued the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office and Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Arizona for civil rights violations, for possible overzealous immigration enforcement, including racial profiling of Latinos in traffic stops.
Allegations of racial profiling in immigration enforcement have long plagued federal authorities and, with increased state involvement in immigration enforcement, state law enforcement agencies have increasingly been accused of racial profiling.