Arizona new law (SB 1070) gives police authority to use “reasonable suspicion” as a means of inquiring in to a person’s immigration status. Predictably, this offennnded some people, who decry the law as an invitation for profiling. Look, illegal immigration is a huge problem in this country. Our economy and legal system simply can’t handle the influx of people crossing the border illegally.
Does this law increase the potential for profiling? You bet. Is this fair? No, not really. It does suck that legal immigrants that happen to look like illegal immigrants might be stopped and asked to provide documentation. Hell, I can see how that would be annoying, even hurtful. That being said, screw people’s feelings! Our country has bigger issues to tackle than preserving everyone’s fragile emotional state.
If the U.S. bordered Ireland and we had a huge problem of giant leprechauns crossing the border illegally, I’d be the first to say, “Okay, I realize I look like these assholes. Here’s my proof of citizenship.”
For another example of the same situation, I turn to the TSA debacle involving profiling suspected terrorists. It’s the same shit! Who’s most likely carrying a bomb: the seven year old kid with the Nike hat and iPod, or the 37 year old sporting a huge beard muttering “Allah Akbar?” You know the answer, even if you don’t admit it. Is this fair? Again, not really. For a particularly striking example of the need to profile, watch the short clip below:
Ginger Pride (it’s under two minutes, click it already!)
Scary, isn’t it? If I lived in South Park, Colorado, I’d be the first in line to once again say, “I realize I look like these soulless gingers, but I’m not a Ginger Separatist!” It would be a waste of funding and quite silly if the South Park authorities screened everybody the same, and didn’t sort out the pasty-skinned, freckled, red heads as possible threats. It’d be even more absurd if I were to allow myself to be upset about that.
So, suck it up people! This law isn’t that bad, and could potentially be a first step in remedying some of our problems with illegal immigration.
Negative comments and counter arguments are encouraged!