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Unreasonable suspicion

14 July 2010

The usual suspects’ favorite rationale for NOT reforming immigration laws in the U.S. is that the reforms have to wait “until the border is secure” — which is like saying they can’t reform narcotics possession laws until all narcotics dealers are in prison, or prison reforms have to wait until there are no criminals at large.  Perhaps now, they’ll start saying immigration reform has to wait until there is data security.

Latina Lista:

In Utah, an anonymous letter was mailed to law enforcement and media outlets accusing 1300 people by name of being undocumented immigrants.

The list included not just names but birth dates, addresses, telephone numbers, and in some cases, even Social Security numbers and employers. The letter was signed by a group calling itself “Concerned Citizens of the United States.”

The group said they “strongly believe” people on the list are undocumented immigrants who should be deported. The names were compiled, according to the letter, by observing the individuals.

“We then spend the time and effort needed to gather information along with legal Mexican nationals who infiltrate their social networks and help us obtain the necessary information we need to add them to our list,” the letter explains.

Media did track down some of the names on the list and found that the people were either in the country legally or had recently become legal residents. The amount of detail given alongside some names was scary.

One woman had beside her name her due date. When contacted, she confirmed she had given birth but that she was a legal resident.

In an understatement, Marisa writes “this is scary”. Hell yeah! Bad enough that stupid laws like the Arizona SB 1070 allows outsiders to file lawsuits against police officers and departments for NOT using “reasonable suspicion” in checking immigration status, can you see what will happen when busy-bodies start deciding for themselves what is, and isn’t, suspicious. That, or some mob showing up at your door demanding YOUR papers.

One Comment leave one →
  1. humberto permalink
    15 July 2010 1:42 am

    Its been my personal experience that the average “Joe'” in america is very confused about who is illegal and who is not.

    of course, everyone knows most “paisas” are illegal, but once you are brown and in possesion of a job that most americans consider dirty it gets very hard for them to discern the diferences.
    Example, here in San Diego, a lot of the people working in the construction field will go to try get a day job at home depot, but the vast majority there ARE actually legal residents, or at least in possesion of a permit to work.
    Same applies to kitchens, while there are a lot of illegals working illegally, there is a lot of Mexican-Americans that work along them.
    Then there are all of the illegals that most Americans refuse to see:
    The Chinese, the Vietnamese, and a few English and Australians that have overstayed their visas.

    I have worked along illegals from japan, students that know they’re not permitted to work but still do, out of a sense of obligation to not waste time.
    A lot of mex-americans like to talk in spanish among themselves, but to the “tea partiers” this is a seen as a sign of “illegality” instead of fredoom of expression. i find it funny that when japanese co-workers do same thing is Ok…

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