Upholding controversial aspect of Arizona immigration law raises troubling past in U.S.
The Kansas City Star
It’s disturbing that the “show me your papers” provision of the controversial 2010 Arizona immigration law was upheld Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton.
It allows police to stop and question the immigration status of people they think are in the country illegally. But that only feeds racial profiling, giving authorities license to stop anyone who looks Hispanic.
Studies repeatedly have shown that Hispanics and African Americans are pulled over and searched at a disproportionate rate compared with whites. The Arizona law resurrects an antibellum practice in the United States in which black people could be stopped at any time and required to show papers that proved they were free men or women.
If blacks were unable to produce the required documents or persons who challenged them didn’t accept what they saw, those blacks could become slaves. What is to prevent Hispanic citizens from undergoing a similar horrible treatment?