Monday, April 26, 2010

Why the Arizona immigration law is a bad idea

Fred Barnes makes a strong case here against the Arizona law. The bill makes police officers into federal immigration agents, which is not their job. It will require anyone whom police suspect of being in the country illegally to produce "an alien registration document," such as a green card or other proof of citizenship, such as a passport or Arizona driver's license. I make no claims to be a constitutional scholar, but this bill seems to violate the 14th Amendment's guarantee that states may not "deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws."

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