Saturday, July 03, 2010

ACLU Issues Travel Warnings to Arizona

Good.  If you aren't a law abiding citizen or legal resident of this country or a tourist legally admitted to this country (and your visa hasn't expired), then stay the hell out!

If you're one of the uninformed fools who voted for the members of the city councils and state legislatures and school boards which have been voting for Resolutions in opposition to AZ SB 1070 or, if you can't be bothered to both educate yourself and actually vote, then you stay the hell out too until you vote those idiots out.

If you're a pothead or user of other illicit drugs which come across the border, you're part of the problem so you stay the hell out too.

Hirer of illegals?  You stay the hell out too!

Think the ACLU travel warnings are worth listening to?  You stay the hell out too!

Don't like my attitude?  You stay the hell out too!

ACLU Issues Travel Warnings to Arizona
ACLU on Wednesday issued travel alerts for Arizona, saying the state’s new law cracking down on illegal immigrants could lead to racial profiling and warrantless arrests.

American Civil Liberties Union affiliates in Arizona, New Mexico and 26 other states put out the warnings in advance of the Fourth of July weekend. The Arizona chapter has received reports that law enforcement officers are already targeting some people even though the law doesn’t take effect until July 29, its executive director said.

Sgt. Kevin Wood, a spokesman for the Arizona Department of Public Safety, said Wednesday that its officers were not racially profiling people they come in contact with.

The alerts are designed to teach people about their rights if police stop and question them.

The Arizona law requires police, while enforcing other laws, to question a person’s immigration status if officers have a reasonable suspicion that the person is in the country illegally. It also makes it a state crime for legal immigrants to not carry their immigration
documents and bans day laborers and people who seek their services from blocking traffic on streets.

Attorneys defending the law against constitutional challenges filed by the ACLU and others argue that the Legislature amended it to strengthen restrictions against using race as the basis for questioning by police. Five lawsuits are pending in federal court, and the U.S. Justice Department is believed to be preparing a legal challenge.


Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed the law in late April, setting off a firestorm of protests from immigrant rights supporters and an equally vociferous response from supporters of the state’s efforts to tackle its illegal immigration problem.

Brewer’s spokesman said in a statement that the ACLU’s actions proved how “hopelessly out of touch they are with the vast majority of Arizonans, as well as most Americans.”

“The legislation includes very specific language that makes it abundantly clear that racial profiling is and will continue to be illegal in Arizona,” wrote spokesman Paul Senseman. “Instead of spreading fear, hate, and disinformation about the legislation, it would be helpful for the ACLU to instead join Governor Brewer’s demand that the federal government stop discussing and begin implementing an honest plan to secure our nation’s border.”

No comments: