As we were anticipating, Representative Don Pridemore has introduced his anti-immigrant bill, which is modeled after Arizona Senate Bill 1070. The bill will require law enforcement officers to verify the immigration status of any individual charged with a crime or civil violation (i.e. speeding) who the officer has “reasonable suspicion” to believe is not lawfully present in the country. This will be an open invitation to legally-encouraged racial profiling. Anyone who cannot provide proof of his or her status would be turned over to immigration authorities.
This bill will make our communities more dangerous.
If enacted, this bill will create entire segments of the population that are fearful of the police. Immigrant victims will be even less likely to report abuse to law enforcement, and dangerous abusers and sex offenders will go unidentified.
This bill will be used by abusers to silence victims.
Even now, abusers take advantage of the climate of fear surrounding immigration and tell immigrant victims that they and their children will be deported if they report the abuse. The Arizona-Copycat bill would give more credence to these threats, and abusers will more easily keep victims trapped.
This is bill ignores federal immigration rights for victims of crime.
Under federal law, immigrant victims who cooperate with law enforcement are eligible for legal status. The Arizona-Copycat bill would create a blunt enforcement mechanism that ignores the fact that many immigrant victims may be legally entitled to a documented immigration status.
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