The ACLU charges of Racial Profiling against Sheriff Joe Arpaio are discriminatory profiling in it’s own right against the Sheriff’s department. They made this statement in regards to Arizona’ “show me your papers” law signed by Gov Brewer;
“The new law, which will not go into effect for more than 90 days, requires police agencies across Arizona to investigate the immigration status of every person they come across whom they have “reasonable suspicion” to believe is in the country unlawfully. To avoid arrest, citizens and immigrants will effectively have to carry their “papers” at all times. The law also makes it a state crime for immigrants to willfully fail to register with the Department of Homeland Security and carry registration documents. It further curtails the free speech rights of day laborers and encourages unchecked information sharing between government agencies.
“Forcing local police to demand people’s papers and arrest those who can’t immediately prove their status will do nothing to make us safer,” said Dan Pochoda, Legal Director of the ACLU of Arizona. “What it will do is divert scarce police resources to address false threats and force officers to prioritize immigration enforcement over all other public safety responsibilities”.
I will address rather lengthy views I have on this issue of immigration laws in the very near future. But for now I have a short but to the point question.
By saying that officers are going to neglect their other responsibilities or protecting other citizens from ‘real crimes’ that threaten our safety by ‘prioritizing’ immigration enforcement is assuming that they will racially profile just because the work for Joe Arpaio who is known for tough immigration law enforcement, ‘immigration law’ being a key point. He is the Sheriff and these are ‘law enforcement’ officers.
Isn’t that it’s own form of ‘profiling’?