There has been a tremendous amount of debate in the last week over the new Arizona law having to do with illegal immigration.
The most controversial provision of the new law is the
requirement that people must prove they are legally in the U.S. when
asked by a police officer. This is done merely by showing the officer a valid federal, state or local government issued identification.
Why is this a problem? Arizona has been overrun with crime by illegal aliens, robberies, burglaries, kidnappings, murders, they certainly had to do something.
There are those who say it will lead to racial profiling, that police officers in Arizona will simply stop anyone of Latino descent and hassle them over their legal immigration status.
I actually had someone make the ridiculous argument to me that the
Arizona law is akin to what happened to the Jewish people during Nazi
Germany. I don’t think Arizona, or anyone for that matter, wants to commit genocide towards illegal aliens…they just want to find ways to keep them out
But let’s talk about racial profiling. This week Faisal Shazad, a Pakistani native who somehow became a US citizen, tried to blow up a car bomb in Times Square with the intention of killing many Americans. The police swept into action, finally arresting him on a plane bound for Pakistan as it was leaving the gate.
Somehow, I cannot imagine the NYPD started their investigation by looking through a suspect list of guys named Johnson or Smith….is it racial profiling to suspect young men of middle eastern descent of being terrorists? No, it isn’t racial profiling, it is experience!
Not all young middle eastern men are terrorists, but experience has told us that just about all terrorists are young middle eastern men.Using that experience saves lives.
When someone is kidnapped or murdered near the US Mexico border, the Arizona police department probably suspects illegal Mexican aliens involved in drug cartels…not because of racial profiling, because of experience!
Are all Mexicans illegally in Arizona members of drug cartels?…no…but experience has told us that members of Mexican drug cartels in Arizona are illegal Mexican aliens. Using that experience saves lives.
On New Year’s Eve, have you ever encountered a DUI stop, where they check all the cars…is that profiling you as a drunk driver….no, the cops know that a certain percentage of drivers that night should not be driving….not because of profiling, because of experience!
Using that experience saves lives.