The new “papers please” law in Arizona is a bizarre twist in American history. Claimed as the Land of the Free part of the country has stepped outside those bounds and now resembles North Korea or Soviet Russia. Complete with the demand to have papers or documents carried on a person at all times in case the police request to see proof of citizenship. How did this happen?
Arizona’s governor has signed into law an immigration bill seen as one of the toughest in the US, despite strong criticism by President Barack Obama. The bill signed by Governor Jan Brewer will require state police to question people about their immigration status if there is “reasonable suspicion”. The bill, which takes effect in 90 days, also makes it a crime under state law to be in the US illegally. President Obama has described the law in the US border state as “misguided”.
Supporters have dismissed concerns about profiling, saying the law prohibits the use of race or nationality as the sole basis for an immigration check.
Gov. Jan Brewer, who signed the measure Friday, has ordered state officials to develop a training course for officers to learn what constitutes reasonable suspicion someone is in the U.S. illegally.
“We in Arizona have been more than patient waiting for Washington to act. But decades of inaction and misguided policy have created a dangerous and unacceptable situation.”
AP News Covering A Protest Against the law