‘We Have to Trust Our Law Enforcement’ (???!!!)

Apr 24th, 2010 | By Michel Marizco | Category: General News, Immigration, Politics
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Oh, come on. Like she wasn’t gonna sign it. Of course she was going to sign it. Her re-election depended on it. I’ll go you one further: And the woman knows the bill’s going to get tossed in the trash for its illegal measures. The Phoenix Republicans love her; the Democrats will call the bill’s subsequent destruction a victory. She’ll get re-elected and the border will continue churning over billions of illicit dollars, unhindered until the next crisis.

For now, Gov. Jan Brewer signed Senate Bill 1070 into law this afternoon, creating one of the most draconian environments against non-white residents I’ve ever seen.

I’m assuming the challenges citing the Fourth Amendment are going to be introduced in federal court by Monday, if they haven’t already. I hope so, anyway. At this point in the game, the only situation that is going to keep this law from being exercised by the cops is going to be a federal injunction.

This is where I see the lawsuits playing out:

One of the conditions for Senate Bill 1070 is that race must not be the only factor in a cop’s determination to ask an individual for his papers. However, and this is where the lawyers will work it:  they can couple race with something as simple as “driving in a corridor known for human smuggling”, to establish reasonable suspicion to pull you over.

Try defining a corridor in Arizona that isn’t used for human smuggling. Interstate 10? I-85 from Sonoyta to Phoenix? I-19 from Nogales to Tucson? I-80 from Douglas to the 10?

Gov. Brewer’s response to the new police powers?

“We have to trust our law enforcement,” Brewer said.

“Police officers are going to be respectful. They know what their jobs are, they’ve taken an oath. And racial profiling is illegal.”

Of course they are.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: This is the choice police departments now face – be sued for racial profiling or be sued for not enforcing immigration law. Good luck with that.

This poor state is facing a $2.6 billion deficit in 2011; last month, the legislature voted $1.1 billion in cuts, including closing most of the state parks, eliminating a childrens’ health program that leaves 47,000 low-income children without coverage, slicing into public schools by as much as $780 per student in some districts, and even, oh delicious irony, cutting into law enforcement.

Arizona may lead the nation in identity theft but the Department of Public Safety’s ID Theft Task Force was one of the law enforcement units eliminated in the budget last month.

I hope you kept a stash of cash tucked away somewhere for the Attorney General’s office, Governor. My guess is a legal bill is going to come due very, very soon.

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