Badges? We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Badges! But You Better Show Your Papers!
Now that Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has enacted into law SB 1070, Arizona, the state that refused to recognize Martin Luther King Day until 1992 because of threats of a tourist boycott, has the strictest immigration rules in the country. And that’s because it:
- Requires a reasonable attempt to be made to determine the immigration status of a person during any legitimate contact made by an official or agency of the state or a county, city, town or political subdivision (political subdivision) if reasonable suspicion exists that the person is an alien who is unlawfully present in the U.S.
- Requires the person’s immigration status to be verified with the federal government pursuant to federal law.
This scene, from the Cheech Marin movie “Born in East L.A.,” may no longer be fiction:
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