Okay, I've been chastised for my opinion on this law by some people that I greatly respect. I was told the Police were mandated to stop people that looked like they might be illegal. I was told the Police were not required to have good cause to ask for identification. I've been listening to a lot of talking heads, and they say things that terrify me, so I decided to do a little more investigating in case I made a mistake supporting this.
I have not read the law. I am not a lawyer, but I will read it when I can find it! I hate that lawyers are so powerful in this country that they make it illegal to give a legal opinion about a law unless you are a lawyer. That is bunk unless you are charging for that opinion. We are expected to follow the law even if we are ignorant of it. I believe freedom of speech gives us a right to give our opinion about any law. If we give our opinion, it would naturally be a legal opinion...except we can't give "legal opinions" because that would infringe upon the lawyers trade.
Excuse me. I got off topic! Anyway, I've examined my "non-legal opinon" on what I know about this law so far, and I still like it.
I understand Police are barred from using race or ethnicity as the sole basis for questioning. So far so good.
I'm told they can only scrutinize people whom they stop, detain or arrest for violations of another law.
Okay, if they have laws in Arizona that everyone violates like we have in Texas, that could be a real problem. In Dallas, Texas it is a violation of the City Ordinance to drive down Main Street in an automobile. It seems horses might be frightened and go berserk. Now if ever there was a law that needs a demonstration, that would be it. We should need to change laws like that. Otherwise, if a person is violating the law, he should be stopped. If he is stopped, his identification should be checked. If he is illegal he should be detained and due process of law should begin.
Some are worried about mundane calls to the police department about trash in the yard and cars parked on lawns. Well, if the law forbids that, then let due process happen. I am not happy about those of us that may forget to bring our papers with us. I sometimes run down to the gym for a workout dress in sweats...and forget to bring my wallet. If I did that in Arizona, I could spend six months in jail. Ouch! That's a little harsh, but probably not as harsh a penality as I would get if I made a small stupid joke about a bomb on an airline. The requirement to carry paper is legitimate concern, but a person in his home parked on a lawn should be able to produce his identification when asked.
I predict Texas will soon pass a similiar law. Texans hate it when another state proves to be farther to the right than we are. We also have a huge illegal alien problem. Maybe I would call them "undocumented" workers if twice illegal aliens hadn't plowed into the back of my vehicle with an uninsured junker. Any of you "undocument worker" advocates want to pay those bills?
Once I traded an old truck in for a new one, and then two years later, got a call from a lawyer trying to sue me for running over two people on a motorcycle leaving them is terrible shape. It seems my old truck was resold to some illegals that never bothered to change the title over to their name. They just renewed the old registration until the accident where a truck load of them ran in all directions except toward the victims.
I didn't have to pay for those injuries, but it took many phone calls, finding scanning, and sending old records to the lawyers before they stopped bothering me.
None of these things would have happened if those criminals had been stopped at the border.
I am really tired of being called a racist because I want my country's borders secure. My best friend is from an old Mexican family, now a citizen of the United States. I love the Mexican culture so much that I decided to learn the language about five years ago. I can speak it well enough that I was on standby to go to Chile to adjust earthquake claims for a while. I love Mexican food so much I'm 30lbs over weight.
For decades I've defended the right for people to speak Spanish in Texas. Spanish speaking Mexicans died in the Alamo trying to win independence for Texas. Most of those who died in the Alamo were citizens of Mexico. Some of those that rode with Sam Houston were not Mexican citizens, but then few of them died.
None of my forefathers died in the Alamo! My great great great grand mother spoke Cherokee. Sam Houston negotiated a treaty with the Texas Cherokee to stay neutral in that war.
I do sometimes joke with those Americans that think everyone should speak English. Why don't they speak Cherokee. It was the most common language of many of the southern states for the first hundred years of American History.
I want Mexican citizens to have good paying jobs in Mexico. I'd like to go to Mexico legally and work myself so I could learn even more about that beautiful culture, but I want the traffic across the borders to be monitored and legal.
If Americans suffer because we forget to carry our identification, that will not make me happy and I reserve the right to change my opinion on this after a few border states give it a try. I'm willing to sacrifice a little to make the Federal Government understand the need for them to secure our borders. I really don't like that, but the lack of enforcement has created a mess in our country.
I'll never be for turning illegals away from the hospital when they are broken. Just send the medical bills to their last employer! If we were to deny medical care to people from other countries, that country would be justified in denying Americans care when they were injured in those countries. I don't think we want that to happen.
If they are going to live and work here, we've got to educate their children, When the parents are stopped committing even the most insignificant crimes, they should be sent back. Let those children that are American citizens stay with relatives, social services, or go back with their parents until they reach the legal age of consent. It's a problem, but it was created by criminal trespassing parents...not Americans.
If a child from an illegal is born in America, I'll always be for providing those children with citizenship in the counrty they were born in. If we don't honor our constitution and do that, we'd be like Kuwait who has millions of 2nd and 3rd generations of native born people who are disqualified from citizenship. Those people are stateless, and I think that is a crime against humanity.
I know it gives the tea baggers a headache to think about all these things when they just want to get rid of people that talk and look differently than they do, but they need to think about all the issues before they support a law that greatly affects a lot of people.
Okay, I'm done. I don't like to get political. This blog is about more important things than politics. This is just something I think we all should consider deeply.