6.28.2010

Silver Bullet




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Under Arizona's new immigration law, police are required to stop and question anyone they 'reasonably suspect' of being an undocumented alien, and resident aliens are required to carry documentation at all times proving they are in the country legally.

The question of what constitutes "reasonable suspicion", and how police can develop reasonable suspicions has prompted concerns that the law will result in sharply increased racial profiling, with brown-skinned, "Latino-looking" citizens (and Arizona is roughly 26% Latino) being stopped and asked for identification.

However, police departments across Arizona recently agreed on a "fool-proof" method of identifying illegal immigrants from Mexico that does not involve racial profiling. Taking advantage of the World Cup fever that is gripping the entire globe except for the United States, police plan to simply ask motorists for their views about the latest World Cup results. Motorists expressing little to no interest, or who have no idea what the World Cup is, will be permitted to continue. Motorists who respond enthusiastically and volubly, especially in Spanish, will be questioned further.

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