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joeybee12 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 05:48 PM
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ACLU Issues Warnings for Travel to Arizona
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38024217/ns/travel-news /

PHOENIX The nation's top civil liberties group 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.

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.


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RC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 06:12 PM
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1. How is one supposed to tell a legal immigrant from an American citizen born here?
In Arizona, they both can speak Spanish and have Spanish accented English. They might even be related by blood.
But only the legal immigrant needs their papers? Yeah, right. I bet as a Hazel eyed white guy, I don't need any papers. And that is what is wrong with this picture.
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Cronus Protagonist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 07:07 PM
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2. A friend of mine went to Phoenix via Greyhound and a woman was arrested
Edited on Wed Jun-30-10 07:07 PM by Cronus Protagonist
This happened yesterday. The cops asked everyone on the bus for proof of citizenship, - they accepted CA drivers licenses. A "South American looking" woman with a small child was taken away from the bus.

The message is clear... don't travel to AZ if you're not a citizen or have no way to prove it.
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Bobbieo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 07:19 PM
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3. My DIL was born in Manila and I insisted that she get a copy of her
citizenship papers to keep in purse at all times. Take no chances around here.
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