"Arizona and its new immigration law offer a frightening preview of the police-state mentality that could envelop other parts of the nation if anti-immigrant hysteria spreads to other states with weak-kneed legislatures and city councils.
Under the law signed last week, cops can stop anyone if officers think there is “a reasonable suspicion” the person is in the country illegally...(Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is) infamous for his department’s sweeps through Latino neighborhoods, arresting dark-skinned people on suspicion of being illegal immigrants. The U.S. Justice Department is investigating the practice...
Latino truck driver, born in Fresno, Calif., who was stopped in the Phoenix area... handcuffed, put in a van and taken to the immigration and customs law enforcement building in Phoenix. An agent called his wife and told her to bring over his birth certificate...Her husband was released 90 minutes later...
“This is not just something that will affect the Latino community,” Affad Shaikh, civil rights manager of the Council on American-Islamic Relations of Greater Los Angeles, told me. “This will affect minorities across the board. ... This law legitimizes racial profiling. How will they be able to tell if you are documented or undocumented?..”" (READ MORE)
Bill Boyarsky: Stay Away From Arizona