Considering that the Alabama Anti-Immigrant Law mandates law enforcement arrest any person suspected to be illegal alien, how often will we see similar stories? And lawsuits? According to reports yesterday:
The [Arizona]’s Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office will pay $200,000 to settle a claim brought by two Hispanic men who accused sheriff’s deputies of racial profiling.
The claim arose out of one of Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s worksite enforcement raids, when deputies descended on a landscaping company to search for identity-theft and fraud suspects.
Julian and Julio Mora were pulled over outside the business.
They later contended they were targeted because of their race. One is a U.S. citizen and the other a legal resident. . .
In April, U.S. District Judge David Campbell ruled that Arpaio’s deputies had no reason to stop the Moras before dawn on Feb. 11, 2009. He also ruled that there was no reason to make a warrantless arrest when deputies detained the two for nearly three hours.
As detailed in this BBC report:
In February 2009, a team of dozens of deputies and volunteers with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office raided Handyman Maintenance Inc, a landscaping company based in Phoenix, Arizona.
They had a warrant to search the company premises for evidence of document fraud, and ultimately arrested 60 illegal aliens, the sheriff’s office said at the time.
The two Moras men – Julian is Julio’s father – were on their way to work when they were stopped in their truck outside the company grounds, handcuffed with plastic zip-ties, and held for three hours with other employees.
They were released when deputies established that they were in the US legally and had committed no other offences.
As Alabama, the Arizona similarly has a “Do not racially-profile” provision. Do you foresee “mexican-looking” citizens and lawful residents in Alabama being arrested because they cannot prove their citizenship or lawful presence at the scene?