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Determining Immigration Status without Racial Profiling


With Arizona's new immigration law comes more rules that police must learn.

FOX's William LaJeunesse has more on how police officers plan to pull over potential illegal immigrants without using racial profiling.

Arizona Immigration Law - Senate Bill 1070:

Click here to read the entire bill online

Click here for a fact sheet/summary of the bill

In Pinal County, a traffic stop begins with a routine question that many drivers in Arizona can't answer.

"I will never ask them if they are here illegally...they usually give me a border crossing card or Mexican license." says Deputy Jesus Lopez. "I usually ask if they have a social security number...if they say no, I call the Border Patrol and have them investigate their immigration status."

"Say were are on a traffic stop and you give me a Mexican national driver's license...that does not mean I put handcuffs on means I get to ask a few more questions." says Sheriff Paul Babeu.

"White, brown, black, it doesn't matter...if there is a criminal enterprise they are involved in, their race isn't important to me. What is important to me is..are you breaking the law." says Chris Van Wagenen of the U.S. Border Patrol.

A law, that for years, many cities ignored.

"I saw supervisors tell other officers, well just drop them off at the Circle K..welcome to America. You're kidding me. This has got to stop." said Babeu.

Two takeaways:

This police officer could care less about race with cars zipping by at 70 miles an hour. They're making judgements based on driving behavior.

Number two: while racial profiling is illegal, profiling is not. Police officers do it every day. If a person can not produce a valid ID, which is required in the state, the officers simply calls Immigration and Customs Enforcement. That is probably what many will do when the law goes into effect to determine if a person is there legally or not.

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