I'm Canadian, and that's my excuse for being deliberately obtuse to make a point...We have a serious problem as well although nothing like you guys...not yet...so you really have my sympathies..here it's Asian gangs and S. American street dealers (Vancouver)it's great, they get in from Honduras, sell crack on the East Side, if they get busted, big deal, no jail time, we PAY to fly you home :) isn't that nice? That's the first time, so they just come right on back, get busted again? yup, you guessed it..
So it seems to me, the wrong people are being accused of racism,If you have Person A.."A" gets pulled over for expired tagsAfter even a cursory check gives probable cause to assume "A" >MAY< be in the country illegally....Which is a CRIME(Let's say he was inconsistent in statements about his living address, the owner of the car, fake ID/NO ID, who knows)Are the protesters of this law saying -If "A" (regardless if A was guilty of anything or not) proves to be 'latino', this suspicion should be ignored? That's absurd... "A" should be 'exempt' (for lack of a better word) from the mere POSSIBILITY that they could be an illegal alien? Because he's 'Latino'?THAT sounds racist to me, knowing one group would get special/different treatment by law enforcement based on your (still unproven!) assumed race/nationality?So it's "I can't be an illegal alien, cause I'm from Mexico"? Or "Cause I don't speak English"?Huh??what if "A" met all of the above criteria ALSO, but instead of 'Latino' he appeared to be 'Middle Eastern' and spoke with a thick accent?I love my freedoms too but I would not expect, but DEMAND the officer who pulled "A" over to thoroughly investigate this man I'm sorry but that's that, that's called PROBABLE CAUSE, and it all starts, not because "A" is an "immigrant"/"foreign"/ or a member of the "Feel-Good-Race-O'-The-Week" it is because "A" did >something< to cause a law enforcement officer to be interviewing/questioning/arresting/ them! Because (lets face it) if you get pulled over it's usually because I did something wrong, random roadblocks are an unfortunate but necessary exception to I have to accept that as we all do)