Don’t kid yourselves. The new Arizona law demands that law enforcement officers inquire about immigration status in many situations. It will result in racial profiling for sure unless law enforcement agencies are willing to employ a costly and ridiculous stratagem: They could make it an informal rule that whenever an officer raises the issue of the immigration status of one Hispanic-looking person, he must quickly raise similar questions with two whites or, more ridiculously with a combination of whites and Native Americans (numerous in Arizona). The non-Hispanic inquiries must be twice as numerous as the Hispanic ones. That’s because there is one Hispanic for two non—– in the state of Arizona. According to my understanding of the profiling issue, if the numbers match, there is no profiling, legally speaking. Of course, nearly all of the illegal immigrants in Arizona must come from Mexico and Central America.
I will write more on immigration in the near future. In the meantime, you might want to take a look at my article with Sergey Nikiforov in last summer’s issue of the Independent Review, linked to this blog. It’s about what to do with respect to illegal immigration from Mexico, specifically. You will be surprised.