Anywhere but there

They did it. Arizona – a state for old people and unemployed real estate brokers – now has the most fascist immigration laws in the country. I try not to write about happenings in the United States in this space, but since Lat/Am Daily criticizes so many other countries in the Americas for their human rights violations, I’ll make an exception for this travesty.

From the New York Times:

The law, which proponents and critics alike said was the broadest and strictest immigration measure in generations, would make the failure to carry immigration documents a crime and give the police broad power to detain anyone suspected of being in the country illegally.

Let’s see, where was I the last time I was required to carry documents proving my non-illegal status? Oh, that’s right, I was in Cuba. Then again, no one’s ever accused the US right wingers of being consistent.

Enjoy your police state.

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  1. otto
    Posted April 24, 2010 at 8:00 am | Permalink

    Krupa, FWIW foreigners need to carry ID in Peru at all times to prove status. If i’m stopped and don’t have my card on me i’m not arrested, but must report to a police station with the documents within 6 days else incur the wrath of bureaucracy, e.g. have a seriously boring time at the airport the next time I want to get on an intl. flight, pay fines, miss flight, eventual deportation (though that last one is only theoretical in my case, as i have kids here and small humans get loads more automatic rights than big humans).

  2. Peter Krupa
    Posted April 24, 2010 at 10:30 am | Permalink

    Now that you mention it, they can stop you in Costa Rica too, though not being of a swarthy complexion myself, I’ve never had a problem. I think maybe the difference is that many Latin American countries have (very generally speaking) been moving away from these kinds of restrictions on civil liberties over the last two decades. Not always successfully, obviously, but US public policy seems to be on the opposite track.

  3. Richard
    Posted April 24, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Permalink
  4. James Johns
    Posted April 25, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

    As a foreigner in Venezuela I have to have documents at all times. And citizens have to have their cedula with them. You can be stopped at multiple police and military checkpoints. In a simple 2 hour trip you can face 15 or more checkpoints.

  5. Posted April 28, 2010 at 12:44 am | Permalink

    It’s a little different in Arizona, or at least it was when I lived there some eight years ago. Most of the Latino families I knew had relatives in Mexico, or regularly visited there (was in Tucson), and lord knows all the white and Asian kids in my graduating class trapaised across the border all the time. But the drugs were bought, consumed, and moved by legal American families at least as much as by illegals. The people who will be detained will be the Latinos, not the white girl carrying a load of pot in her trunk to daddy’s house for her friends.

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