Or is it Arizonans? Arizonites? Whatever Sarah Palin said.
If you get caught jaywalking in Arizona, you’d better be prepared to SHOW YOUR PAPERS. Unless you can say who won the World Series in ’73, or remember the words to the theme from Gilligan’s Island. Okay, I’m just speculating on quick and easy ways to prove your citizenship.
If a law that targets one group of people makes you uneasy for your own civil rights and liberties then you are thinking a few steps ahead. What goes around comes around.
You think it can’t happen here? This is from ProJo.com.
CENTRAL FALL, R.I. — Central Falls Police Chief Joseph P. Moran III has launched an internal investigation into a Guatemalan man’s allegation that a desk-duty officer refused to let him report a beating, because – as the officer allegedly said – the man “is Spanish” and therefore presumed he must be “an illegal immigrant.”
The accuser, Mario Ortega, of Central Falls, speaking through an interpreter, said the officer told him that “because of his [assumed] immigration status, he can’t file a police report.” Ortega said the officer also said that “his [the officer’s] tax money doesn’t cover his [Ortega’s] being in the hospital” as a result of his injuries.
If this story is true, then a police officer didn’t bother to pursue a couple of thugs who beat a man so badly that his bone was sticking out of his leg. Just leave them on the street. They won’t bother anyone.
I’m proud that the minister of my church will be in Arizona this month, standing against racism, against profiling, and for justice. Immigration reform and fair enforcement are badly needed, compromising civil rights is not the answer.