Your Papers Please – Part 2
I have been thinking quite a lot about the new Arizona illegal immigration law – the one where the state is going to enforce what the federal government will not. Many people are worried that Hispanic looking people will be asked to produce papers just on an officer’s whim. That’s not the case, but people are worried about a new police state. The law is written so that won’t happen, but some still aren’t buying it.
“What about people who get mad and falsely report their neighbor as an illegal?” people have asked. Good question. I ask, what about people who get mad and falsely report their neighbor as a child molester? Does that make laws against child molesters bad? No. People, and police, abuse the law sometimes. It will probably happen with the Arizona illegal immigration law, but that doesn’t mean it’s bad.
Will there be racial profiling? Maybe so, but guess what, sometimes you have to have it. If a mugging is committed by two white guys, officers are not going to check out Hispanics or blacks or Asians. They are going to look at white guys. Guess what? That’s racial profiling.
I was thinking about how often I have to produce ID in my daily life – and I’m as white as anyone (skin color and dancing ability). Byron York makes the point much better than I can. The point is that we all have to produce our ID (papers, if you will) for day to day transactions and sometimes just to enter a building.
The bottom line for me on is, if the federal government would do its job and secure the border and reform legal immigration to make it simpler and cheaper, then most, if not all, of the problem would go away. It’s too hard to get into this country legally and it shouldn’t be.
We’ve done this to ourselves.