Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Discussing Immigration

Lately Immigration reform has in the national spotlight after Arizona passed its tough immigration enforcement law last week. The law will allow police to question anyone about their immigration status if there is reason to suspect they are in the country illegally, and the law makes it a state crime if they are.

The law takes effect in late July or early August, 90 days after the Arizona Legislature adjourns. But many say that the law is unconstitutional and unfair because it promotes racial profiling. Apparently it has been estimated that 440,000 illegal immigrants reside in the state of Arizona.

Many say this law just gives cops the right to profile people of Hispanic descent. And since roughly 30 percent of Arizona is Hispanic and about 80 percent of illegal immigrants are also Hispanic, many people say the law basically mandates that police engage in racial profiling and apprehending people based on their appearance rather than on any evidence that they may be in violation of the law.

Also amid the national debate over Arizona's tough new immigration law, Republican Alabama gubernatorial candidate Tim James (and son of previous Gov. Fob James) vows in a new campaign ad that if he's elected, he'll give the state driver's license exam only in English, as a cost-saving measure.

"This is Alabama; we speak English," he says in the ad "If you want to live here, learn it." According to AOL News, exams are currently given in Arabic, Chinese, English, Farsi, French, German, Greek, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Thai and Vietnamese.

Watch the ad here.

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