Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed a state bill Friday that requires police to determine whether a person is in the United States legally, which critics say will foster racial profiling and discrimination but supporters say will crack down on illegal immigration.Only the Left would refer to this bill in "harsh" or "controversial", when in reality all it's doing is reinforcing laws that are already protected by our Constitution (i.e. the 14th Amendment). If you want to be a citizen of the United States do it the right way and get naturalized, hundreds of thousands of people get naturalized every year and most of them are now happy, law-abiding citizens. Good for Governor Brewer and the people of Arizona for standing up for rights the feds choose to ignore.
The Republican governor also issued an executive order that would require additional training for local officers on how to implement the law without engaging in racial profiling.
"This training will include what does and does not constitute reasonable suspicion that a person is not legally present in the United States," Brewer said after signing the bill.
Previously, officers could check someone's immigration status only if that person was suspected in another crime.Brewer's executive order was in response to critics who argue that the new law will lead to racial profiling, saying that most police officers don't have enough training to look past race while investigating a person's legal status.
"Racial profiling is illegal. It is illegal in America, and it's certainly illegal in Arizona," Brewer said.