Every State needs to follow AZ. Think of how much we would save if we did not have to give so much to illegals, not to mention crime would be down! Its a win win situation.
OK - Thanks for the schooling. I always figured that the drivers license indicated if the person was a citizen.
One of the main reasons the border has not been secured is because of LULAC, La Raza, ACLU and other Hispanic groups that have fought immigration laws for 30 years or more.
These groups went into federal court and block certain types of interior immigration enforcement, such as conducting raids on construction sites, by making the claim that is was “racial profiling” and breaking up family unity.
Interior enforcement was block again by these groups. In Texas, over alien smuggling, because INS agents were working highways I-35, I-37 and state highway 59, which are main corridors for smuggling aliens and narcotics. The claim was made, “racial profiling”, so INS stop making vehicle stops within the interior of Texas. LULAC stated that just because a vehicle was riding low and appeared overloaded was no reason to stop the vehicle. Some of the elements that were used by INS agents to stop vehicles were riding low, traveling at speeds well under the posted speed limits and the use of certain types of vehicle, along with using known smuggling corridors.
The biggest problem with immigration enforcement is Hispanic groups that advocate open borders. These groups are well rooted in the pockets of politicians. The Attorney Generals from days gone by have refused to fight these groups in federal court. DOJ thought it was easier to send a memo out to INS agents you can’t do these stops no longer, because of the lack of reasonable suspicion.
The AZ law is a lot more restricted than the federal immigration law.
In 2005 the Supreme Court ruled that local police officer can ask the immigration status of an individual during the course of a routine traffic stop, which fell under stop and identify rule.
IMO, if states have to come up with their own immigration laws to protect their citizens, why not?
Grouch...No, a drivers license is NOT proof of citizenship and never has been. Rather, it's an indication of residencey. At one time, a voter registration card WAS accepted as proof of citizenship because only citizens were allowed to vote and the individual had to prove citizenship in order to be registered to vote. Since the advent of the "Motor Votor" laws, I don't know if a voter registration card is still considered proof of citizenship, since some governments don't check citizenship before issueing the cards.
An insurance card is only an indication that, at one time, the individual purchased insurance. There is no requirement that people with insurance be citizens.
When you are stopped for a traffic check, your drivers license and proof of insurance are checked by the officer. Isn't that a verification of citizenship?
Yippee! More laws and bigger government! Because our government doesn't have enough laws it doesn't enforce already. Take that, TEA party-people.