If You’re a White European, Stay Out of ArizonaMay 21st, 2010 | By Michel Marizco | Category: General News, Immigration, Politics
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THE BORDER REPORT
The United States just eliminated the only paperwork proof for white Europeans who find themselves encountered by a cop in Arizona enforcing the new immigration laws.
Ah, desmadre, where would I be without you? This comes from an immigration lawyer here in Tucson, Rachel Wilson. (Gracias, comadre.)
It creates a spectacular mess for Arizona in its enforcement of SB 2162. The Homeland Security Department eliminated the paper arrival/departure record requirement for foreign nationals entering the country under the visa waiver program.
Millions of foreign nationals from predominantly European countries travel here under the visa waiver program. And they can no longer readily prove it if they are stopped by a cop in Arizona who asks them about their legal status.
The form eliminated was called the I-94W and supplied travelers a paper record of when they arrived in the U.S. and when they’re supposed to leave. That form would have been enough for a cop in Arizona to determine the person is here legally. And it just got dumped.
In its place is the Electronic System for Travel Authorization, a database that travelers are supposed to log in to prior to leaving their country for the U.S. However, it’s a digital file in a federal database. This means that a cop who stops a European traveler will have to then call Homeland Security and ask them to access the database. Meanwhile, the European is sitting there, detained by a cop. It’s possible that local law enforcement agencies will have access to ESTA. I find it unlikely however, because, from the federal point of view, determining legal status is a federal duty, not a job for local cops.
The intent, according to DHS, is to streamline the flow of travelers. But if their intent was also to take a huge economic swipe at the state of Arizona for trying to enforce federal immigration laws, someone in Washington is slapping themselves on the back in congratulations. Arizona cops are right now, being trained in immigration law and under 2162, they’re not supposed to use race or color to build reasonable suspicion to ask someone about their status. What the U.S. government just did was make white Europeans as undocumented as illegal migrants. How will Arizona law enforcement look in the eyes of the courts and the public if they ignore white Europeans? Not good. Not good at all. Downright selective in fact.
Holy hell, I love watching a train wreck. And the U.S. just put a penny on the Arizona rail.
Here’s the list of countries:
Andorra, Hungary, New Zealand, Australia, Iceland, Norway, Austria, Ireland, Portugal, Belgium, Italy, San Marino Brunei Japan Singapore Czech Republic Latvia Slovakia Denmark, Liechtenstein, Slovenia, Estonia, Lithuania, South Korea Finland, Luxembourg, Spain France Malta Sweden Germany, Monaco Switzerland, Greece, the Netherlands, United Kingdom