Before you get excited let’s get the facts straight – I do not support illegal immigration, amnesty or anything else of that flavor. A law is a law and in this case it is illegal to cross a border and not be accepted into America without being processed. However, this bill stinks of something far to reaching for the government.
Of course, the intent is to get illegal people out of here and back to where they belong so they can come over here legally. However, this is not how I see it. Any time a new law comes out I always examine it for what it is and what it grants the government. In this case it grants the government to question whoever they want. If you cannot produce what they want, then they are allowed to detain you.
Positively, they will catch some illegal immigrants with this new power. There is no doubt in my mind that this bill will work in this regard. However, what will be the outcome if they happen to stop me? Sure, I have lived in America all my life, but what if they don’t like my Ron Paul sticker, my Gedsen Flag sticker, or even my Deadmau5 sticker on the back of my car? After all, two of them are somewhat equated with “anti-government” ideas (even though I am not anti-government, just anti-bad, intrusive government). What will I produce them to prove who I am? My driver’s licence? My birth certificate? My passport? A urine sample? A letter from my mom? Maybe I could produce all of these and if the police officer still wants to make my day hell, they have every right to do so under this bill (from my understanding).
It most definitely reminds me of the Nazi days (back off haters) where they were allowed to stop you whenever and wherever and check your papers – “Papiere, Bitte!” I can see this going that direction very easily and this is the exact reason that I refuse to support this bill. Maybe that exact language is not in the bill, but once we get used to SB 1070 being law, I can certainly see them “adding to” the bill to allow routine, unwarranted checks to whomever. I don’t want that and neither should you. After all, when have you ever seen the government take an intrusive step into society and then when it is fixed, step back? Me? Never.
Think about it. The issue here is not about racism or anything else, it is about government intervention in our everyday lives.