UPDATE: As my colleague Jim Galloway reports, former U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal, now a leading GOP candidate for governor of Georgia, says that if elected he would try to enact a law here very similar to that passed in Arizona.
Karl Rove, speaking in a Florida retirement community as part of his book tour, expressed regret at Arizona’s passage of a harsh new immigration policy, but said he doubted it would lead to racial profiling.
“These are modern police forces that respect the rights of people in their communities,” Rove said. “They’re going to do it on the basis of reasonable suspicion that these people are here illegally, like they’re driving a car with a Mexican license plate or they can’t speak English or they don’t have a drivers license.”
That’s such a nice thought. On the other hand, there’s this:
Last week, an Arizona truck driver pulled into a commercial truck weighing station in Phoenix, as required by law. He produced a valid commercial truck license, as also required by law. But he was arrested by Immigration and Custom Enforcement officers, handcuffed, transported to ICE headquarters and held there until his wife could bring a birth certificate documenting that the man was a U.S. citizen and in fact had been born in this country.
“It’s still something awful to be targeted,” his wife told 3TV, a Phoenix TV station. “I can’t even imagine what he felt, people watching like he was some type of criminal.”
Jackie says, “It doesn’t feel like it’s a good way of life, to live with fear, even though we are okay, we are legal…still have to carry documents around.”
A representative at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) returned 3TV’s calls after researching the incident and she said this was standard operating procedure.
The agents needed to verify Abdon was in the country legally and it is not uncommon to ask for someone’s birth certificate. She also said this has nothing to do with the proposed bill or racial profiling.
Nothing to do with profiling. No sir. Nothing at all. I’m sure the ICE officers thought that the native-born American in question might be … what, Canadian?