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Is the Arizona Immigration Law Racist?

Attorney General Eric Holder told ABC the new Arizona immigration law is not racist.

He did say it could lead to racial profiling. Aren't there many other laws already on the books that could lead to something else less desireable. Is that reason alone to not legally enforce a law? Can the Federal Government overrule a state law because of what some think it might lead to?

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Asked by Anonymous at 10:14 AM on May. 11, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

Answers (71)
  • Arizona Immigration Law Racist?

    No, I don't think it is.

    Answer by VeronicaLee at 10:15 AM on May. 11, 2010

  • Did he just figure out that the Arizona law is basically the same as the federal law?


    Answer by Anonymous at 10:18 AM on May. 11, 2010

  • Racist? What about it could possibly be construed as racist?

    Answer by AllAboutKeeley at 10:19 AM on May. 11, 2010

  • Boy, that is one smart fella! Of course the law isn't racist. Like it or not some type of profiling is used by all of us all the time. It is a foundation of decision making. Law enforcement including the FBI and CIA use it all the time because it helps put the bad guys behind bars.

    But, let them call it racist if they want. The definition has been so watered down that it is almost meaningless. I feel real sympathy for anyone that experiences true racism.

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 10:24 AM on May. 11, 2010

  • That law itself is NOT racist.


    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 10:27 AM on May. 11, 2010

  • feel real sympathy for anyone that experiences true racism.

    Do you believe the man who  attacked by SPD was a victim of racism? Is that behavior by an authorityfigure fine by you? Is that the kind of ok profiling you're referring to in your comment ^?


    Answer by Sisteract at 10:31 AM on May. 11, 2010

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    Answer by Sisteract at 10:32 AM on May. 11, 2010

  • IMO~If laws were determined solely on what they "could" lead to then abortions, guns, marijuana, and even ssm in some states shouldn't/wouldn't be legal... Basing a law on what some think it "could' lead to is absurd. Base it on the constitution. Not on preconceived lump assumptions and generalizations on what MIGHT happen. The AZ law is constitutional.

    ~~Pro-Life advocates have feared for many years that abortion could lead to racial/gender/selective population control. But Abortions are still legal. Should we change the law based on the assumptions and how SOME have construed the law?

    ~~Affirmative Action has been construed by SOME as leading to reverse discrimination. Should this law be changed because of how SOME perceive the law?


    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 10:32 AM on May. 11, 2010

  • Do you believe THIS is fine? How about making Americans think that it isn't ok to carry our flag at any time?


    Answer by Anonymous at 10:37 AM on May. 11, 2010

  • IMO~Laws should be enforced. The Federal Government has FAILED the state of AZ, so they have decided to adopt Federal Laws in order to enforce it at a state level. As long as they do not go BEYOND the US Federal Codes, AZ is well within their right to mimic Federal Law. '

     Many Laws are abused by a few. Those FEW should be handled on a case by case basis and taken care of to avoid such abuse..... But the abuse is NOT the majority. To assume the abuse is the majority, imo~ insinuates and generalizes that one believes Law Enforcement, as a majority, abuses it's powers and is racist. That is a horrible assumption to make on the majority of Law Enforcement.


    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 10:39 AM on May. 11, 2010

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