Yeah, it's called racial profiling: That this could happen to an American citizen is outrageous ("Birthing Bigotry," Stephen Lemons, August 9).
It goes to show you that many people believe any Latino shouldn't be given the benefit of the doubt. With Latinos, it's throw us in jail and take as long as you want to sort it out.
New Times feedback
As you note, this never would've happened to a white American citizen or even a white illegal alien (say, from Ireland). Presumption is reality when the suspected perp is brown.
Steve Gomez, Phoenix
Miriam's reading-comprehension skills are lacking: This woman may be lying about her legal status — her birth certificate might be forged. From what you have written, it's hard to tell whether she is an American citizen or not.
If she's not, then why doesn't she just apply for citizenship and then come here the right and legal way? Just don't break our laws!
Miriam Jones, Phoenix
Not all laws are just laws: The serious-minded might want to start with investigating and educating [themselves] on exactly what all the immigration/naturalization laws are — and not only for Arizona but for the United States.
Then figure out everything an immigrant would need to do to become a legal citizen in America. Then figure out the cost involved, in dollars and cents and requirements. Then put yourself in the shoes of a poor immigrant who comes to this country with nothing but the hope for a better life. Who gets a job making less than minimum wage and has taxes taken out of that pay but can never get any money back for any of those taxes taken out. Who is not a criminal or a drug dealer, which is the case for the majority of Hispanic immigrants who come to this country.
Then get back to us and tell us about how the law is always right and justified and should always be obeyed.
At one time in the history of America, it was legal to own and keep slaves. Not only was it legal, but if you did not choose to own slaves and yet a slave ran away from his master and hid in your barn, you were required by law to turn over that slave to authorities or return him or her back to the slave master.
At which point the master determined what punishment was appropriate: severe beatings, torture, or even death by hanging. All [of this] was legal in America [back then].
Just because [there's] a law does not [mean] it's a just law.
Chet Molandes, Phoenix
The smoking gun: Hello, U.S. Supreme Court, here's your smoking gun for the finish of Arizona Senate Bill 1070!
Mara Angelica Carillo Wesson, Phoenix
If this really happened? Really?: If [this] really happened, it's an unacceptable travesty of justice. That being said, things like this happen in every area of the law on occasion, but that doesn't necessarily indicate the law needs to be changed or abolished.
Most of the time — and what sounds like happened in this situation — law enforcement makes mistakes or even lies to push charges forward. That's a problem with the character of particular individuals and not all law enforcement or the legal system as a whole.
There are innocent people in jail for rape and murder, but we would never consider overturning those laws as a result.
Yes, there are people who are racist against Hispanics. But a person supporting SB 1070 and enforcement of immigration laws does not make him a racist. There is a huge difference between prejudice and wanting to protect the integrity of our country.
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Many SB 1070 supporters are Hispanic, and some are even immigrants — just the legal kind.
Veronica Wilkerson Yanez, city unavailable
Let's hope: Looks like this single mother will have her child and her life paid for if she hires a good attorney and takes them to the bank!
Adam Mandell, Scottsdale
Unless the shoe fits, of course: This is something else! What the hell was her attorney doing all this time?!
Still, your calling people things like "dumb redneck" and "knuckledraggers" isn't any way to discuss the issues.
Kathy Elleray, Scottsdale