You knew it was coming, of course. First Arizona passes this really cool law that lets the police down there pick on anyone they want, for whatever reason they want so long as they can claim, somehow, that the person might, maybe, just possibly could be, here illegally, and Utah has to say “Me too! Me too!”
So we have an Orem lawmaker discussing the idea (click) because, after all the bills this last session trying to make miscarriage illegal, and global warming illegal, and the very idea of questioning the motives of anyone who wants a gun illegal, racism has to be next.
Racism? Of course. You think illegal aliens in Utah are a new thing? Silly person. Until the early 80s the majority of illegals in this country, and in Utah as well, were white skinned folk from Scandanavian countries, or European countries. They’d come, look around, say “wow, cool, and I fit right in! and stay.
But now it’s brown skinned people. Oh. My. God.
Nothing new in hating immigrants. A century ago it was the Italians and the Irish. They were the scum of the earth, the dregs of society, they were taking the jobs of good God-fearing Americans (Germans one generation removed, Brits three generations removed, French four generations removed) and, well, we need to DO something.
So now we are again.
Interesting thing, this idea that everyone has to prove their legal residency. Can you?
Don’t be too smug. I bet you can’t. Not unless you carry your passport around. And your birth certificate (not a copy, the original!) And, if birthers have their way, you’ll need a sworn and witnessed affidavit from the attending nurse and doctor who saw you get born.
And Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen makes the very good point that if Arizona (and Utah) cops really really are serious about proving that they AREN’T racial profiling based on skin color, it is us White folk who are in real danger (click.)
I can see it now: Some cop says “Yeah, I know it’s those brown skinned ones, but to keep the ACLU off my butt I had to stop to blondes, a redhead and three guys who might have been from Sweden, I dunno. Ended up arresting them all because none of them had their passports or birth certificates.”
And you’re going to say “If you are innocent you have nothing to worry about.”
You’re cute when you’re being stupid.
What’s REALLY stupid is, I used to laugh at the folk who saw black helicopters and surveillance cameras behind every tree. Who knew they were right?
Oh, what do I mean by “again” in the headline.
Ask a black person. Any black person.