From Fox News Latino:
“After opponents of the statute told her that it will lead to racial profiling and prolonged detentions of Latinos, a judge is mulling arguments over whether she’ll let the most contentious section of Arizona’s immigration enforcement law take effect.
The law’s opponents are trying to thwart a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that will let police enforce a requirement that officers, while enforcing other laws, question the immigration status of those they suspect are in the country illegally.
Lawyers for Gov. Jan Brewer said at a court hearing Tuesday that the law’s opponents haven’t shown that enforcement of the questioning requirement will lead to racial profiling or prolonged detentions.
U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton didn’t make a ruling on the request and didn’t say when the requirement could take effect.”
As much as it pains me to admit, Governor Brewer makes a valid point — which makes two days in a row that I’ve agreed with that desert diabla.
Still, if opponents of Arizona’s SB 1070 want to argue that the law leads to discrimination against Latinos and persons of color, they must provide evidence to support the allegation. That a law may open a door to future abuses doesn’t require that it will lead to abuses. The government cannot block efforts to enforce the law on the basis that such enforcement might lead to an abuse, just as you cannot be arrested for pre-crime.
Also, by demanding opponents provide evidence that her law leads to discrimination toward Latinos, Governor Brewer utilizes the same type of argument opponents of voter ID laws use when they demand evidence that voter fraud poses a significant threat to the electoral system. What’s good for the goose is good for the governor.
I say let the law go into the effect, but let’s study its aftermath closely. Should instances of discrimination and other abuse arise, then the opponents of the controversial measure will stand on firmer ground. Justice will shine bright as the Southwestern sun.
Touché, Governor Brewer.