A new Arizona law requires local law enforcement to inquire about an individual’s immigration status if the officer has reason to believe that he or she is in the United States illegally. The law, signed Friday by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, is just the first of a series of measures designed to ensure that no law–state or federal–is ever broken in the state of Arizona.
Though the immigration law has been riddled with constitutional problems and allegations that it will lead to racial profiling, the Arizona legislature plans on moving forward this week with a new bill that would require police to arrest people who look like they didn’t file their federal tax returns this year. While there is no guidance given on who “looks like” they didn’t file their tax returns this year, one Arizona lawman was quoted as saying, “Well, dark skin is the first giveaway. Lack of proficient English is the second. Beyond that, white people showing any sign of disposable income.” Civil rights organizations are already rallying.
When asked why Arizona has decided to enforce not only its own laws but federal ones as well, one official said, “People who violate laws are likely to violate other laws. In my book, you break one, you break ‘em all.”
Rumors have begun to swirl about other upcoming bills requiring local law enforcement to make federal arrests, including people who look like they made an illegal stock trade today, people who look like they are violating a patent, and people who look like they have ever tried to interfere with the U.S. railroad system.