Arizona Prepares for New Immigration Law

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POSTED: Monday, July 5, 2010 - 5:35pm

UPDATED: Sunday, July 18, 2010 - 7:55pm

  The new Arizona immigration law has stirred up a storm of controversy, and peace officers know they are under a national microscope.
 

They knew the whole country would be watching, and looking for officers to overstep and lapse into racial profiling. But even at the signing ceremony, the governor was emphatic …that just can’t happen.
 

“Words in a law book are of no use unless our officers are properly trained in its provisions,” said Governor Jan Brewer at the ceremony.
 

But for Governor Brewer’s words to be more than empty rhetoric, police officers would have to know where the lines are and what the law allows, and more importantly, doesn’t.
 

So, a video has been prepared for the police to explain their new duties…and new limits.
 

For starters, they have discretion. As Sheriff J.B. Smith has pointed out, if you wanted to do nothing else, you could spend all your duty time on illegal aliens.
 

So officers can take into account their case load, the number of officers available on the street, or whether the suspect is needed for crucial information on a crime.
 

“Because you are here illegally doesn’t mean you give up your rights as a human being to be safe in all of your activities,” says Tuscon Police Chief Robert Villasenor in the video. “I think this could affect our relationship with segments of our community that we rely on and which I believe are showing the fruits of that work in the drop in crime. When people aren’t comfortable talking to the police, then we lose valuable information.”
 

And though the law states race and color are not to be used as suspicious factors, the way a person is dressed, command of the language, and even an overloaded car are listed as enough to trigger a stop.
But, Arizona police are cautioned, tread lightly.
 

“The scrutiny you will be placed under in the next few months,” says attorney Beverly Ginn in the tape, “will be unlike anything you’ve ever seen.
 

There are a couple of mistakes that some critics of the training materials have found, but it does appear that overall the state is very aware that every action however obscure, will be reported…and used by those who support the law and those who oppose it.
 

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carlos is a big bad brave macho rambo when he can hide behind a computer screen,knowing he would get his clock cleaned if he actually jack jawed somebody in person like he does on here,then ketk won't post anyone else's return comments,so he goes on thinking he is actually of some importance in this world....yeah right...lol

I wondered how long it would take you to drop your bar to the lowest level, tough guy/gal. The bad news is a trip to "teach me a lesson" will cost you around $1300 'round trip, you'll have to leave Smith County, and you'll need a passport. Heads up: felons cannot get passports. Say, whatever happened to free speech? Or did you plan on tossing that with the rest of our civil liberties, should Texas pass a similarly ill-conceived immigration law?

The most basic Civil Liberty is the citizen's right to behave civilly. (A basic Right you transgress each time you comment,, why KETK allows you to poison each debate in this manner eludes me). Breaking into your neighbor's home without his permission is something all Americans would be prosecuted for, including you. So why would you grant this right to an illegal alien? Because you apparently have already done so.

You're right. The moderators are very selective on what they allow. If it comes from don or carlos, anything goes... Too bad most of their comments do nothing except ridicule others and try to demean them. I guess when you don't have a good, logical argument to back up your side, you resort to name calling...

You're halfway there, slowpoke. Let's see, it's taken you about two months to partially figure out the goal. Must be that stuck elevator. Don't expect the police to help you, as they'll be busy posing as immigration agents under the new law. And be sure and thank the moderators for sparing you the real stuff....you're receiving the pablum.

Carlos would be the DON, ( Don Corleone )and both have us all as their working peons that slave, while they reap the benefits of our labors through the government taxation racketeering redistribution of our wealth.

Doesn't matter what happens- the Dems and Libs will lie, invent stories and outright stage confontations just to tape it as "evidence" to slam Arizona.

Clearly you have lived a life in the comfort of the USA, where civil liberties are taken for granted. And of course you also believe anyone who thinks this law is not the way to solve the problem must be in favor of allowing the problem to continue. Apparently one of your oars is out of the water, Bubba.

You must be an illegal alien

That's why he has had to move 15 times in the past few years, he may think he is safe but the eyes of Texas are Upon Him. His unearned disability check is about to be yanked. Charolote and Tiffany must be proud.

A reasonable notion on your part Mr. Maxi. Of course, should you ever get a second neuron to fire in your brain, you might begin to dimly perceive the error of that assumption. Er, make that all of your assumptions.

Why is America always under scrutiny when they try to enforce their laws? I never see this in other countries. Try being illegal in Mexico and see what happens. Don't believe they will be quite so cordial.

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