Do I Look Illegal?

When I'm angry about something, i make something in response.

Simply, I don't agree with the new Arizona law.

Feel free to take this if you want. Just link back to me :)
Do I look Illegal?  NO RACIAL PROFILING.


Lucy Sue said...

The art you made is beautiful :) I understand your frustration, but you have some incorrect information about the Arizona law. The law actually says that police COULD choose to verify the citizenship for a person who has been detained on suspicion of a crime. That means the law would apply to someone pulled over for drunk driving, for example. In addition to lawful detention, police need to have "reasonable suspicion" about a person's immigration status. And in fact, the law explicitly says police "may not consider race, ethnicity, or national origin" when determining whether a person's immigration status should be checked. A person's race is NOT considered "reasonable suspicion."

Finally, people won't be "required" to carry identification, but if they can produce ID, like a driver's license, this ID is enough to confirm that the person is a citizen and no further checks into immigration status will be made. If the person doesn't have ID, they won't get thrown in jail for this. The law just says that the police can run the person's name to verify that they're a citizen.

Here's the entire text of the law if you want to read it for yourself:

You can still disagree with this law, but I think that regardless of your opinion, it's important to have all the facts.

Bri said...

I love your art! My mother-in-law lives in Arizona and wes telling us about that new law!

Moorea Seal said...

Lucy, thank you for the info and the link. I do still disagree with it. But i do really appreciate fuller facts.

Morganism said...

Happy May Day!!!!

@Lucy Sue
Do you honestly believe that race, ethnicity and national origin will not be considered in such stops by police? Perhaps race, ethnicity and national origin cannot be openly cited as the sole reason for checking one's status, but do you really believe these things won't be considered by police? Just because that is written into law doesn't mean it is observed by the enforcers of law. How could you prove it one way or the other?

Lucy Sue said...

Honestly, I have no idea. It's certainly a legitimate concern--I never said it wasn't. What I do know is that it's factually inaccurate to say that this law legalizes racial profiling; in fact, the law explicitly forbids it. I also think it's unfair to assume ill will and/or racial bigotry from Arizona police. By and large (with some exceptions, of course), all public servants care about the people they serve and try to do the best they can to keep everyone safe.

The occasional bad apple cop will be required to cite a reason besides race to check someone's ID. And if the cop can't prove that he acted on reasonable suspicion, he'll be subject to both criminal and civil recourse from the person he wronged.

Again, I have no clue whether the law is a good idea or a bad idea, but intellectual honesty is important to me.

Anonymous said...

While a law might forbid racial profiling in it's long pages of legalese, it is what the law represents that can (unfortunately) tune the actions of the enforcers toward a fouler-tasting nature. I have no doubt that this law explicitly outlines how hard a slap on the wrist the racist cop will get, but that doesn't change the fact that this law's essence seems to be the beginning of a slow "cleansing" process. There are far bigger fish to fry.

So yes, It isn't totally fair to judge the law based on it's language, but it is certainly fair to make judgements based on what the implications of the law are. Sure, this law may state that racial profiling is a no-no. That absolutely doesn't mean that it won't be happening, and that this law is a strong candidate for the primary catalyst.

Mag said...

i guess there is just simply too much going on now a days,...and i too dont agree with this law,..yet respect those who do.

Marsinah (mar-see-na) said...

I don't agree with the Arizona law as well. I understand we are spending tons of government money taking care of illegal immigrants. My grandparents came to the US for a better way of life. Back in the day, it was easy- join and endure the military, work a job no one wants to work, and in about 10-20 years you can get your citizenship. Living in Southern California has exposed me to both sides: people who are so poor and come here to earn enough to send back home.. or "coyotes" who take advantage of this ambition and submit these hopefuls to modern day slavery. What are we, as American citizens, supposed to do? When this country alone was founded on the idea of opportunity and a better way of life?