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  •  That sounds reasonable (0+ / 0-)

    so shouldn't all Mexicans who are not citizens have similar documentation when they cross our border?    

    •  That's not the issue here (4+ / 0-)

      The issue is local law enforcement (not ICE) being able to stop someone already in the country because they "look like they're illegal" and demand to see ID. We're not required to carry ID in the U.S. unless we're driving a vehicle.

      Also at issue: that private citizens can sue the State of Arizona if they report someone who "might be illegal" and law enforcement doesn't react in a way the reporting citizen thinks they should.

      •  It kind of is (0+ / 0-)

        the issue or at least the root of it.   Mexicans  who crossed into the US without documentation are the reason the law was passed.    They chose to ignore our laws,  and now instead of existing laws being enforced by the Feds, we have a new shitty law.    Both problems have to be addressed.

        •  I must respectfully disagree... (1+ / 0-)
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          about why I think the law was passed.

          We have plenty of laws already in place to prevent undocumented immigrants from working and staying here. This law was passed as a mean-spirited rallying point. And you're right, we need to enforce the laws that exist. I just don't think that citizens or documented immigrants who happen to be brown deserve to be harassed by law enforcement, or worse, by their neighbors who report them to law enforcement because they want to cause problems.

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