VIDEO – Mitt Romney states his position on undocumented immigrants by citing the Arizona “Show Me Your Papers” law as a model for the country. When asked if he is in favor of a policy to “seek them out, find them, and arrest them”, Romney praised Arizona’s Sheriff Joe Arpaio for championing the racial profiling policy. He also supports penalizing anyone that hires illegal immigrants, even though Romney himself was caught employing illegal immigrants to work on his yard.
The Arizona law essentially legalizes racial profiling of Latinos in that it “obligates police to make an attempt, when practicable during a “lawful stop, detention or arrest”, to determine a person’s immigration status if there is reasonable suspicion that the person is an illegal alien. What would constitute “reasonable suspicion” that someone is an illegal alien? Of course, this would mean that all people (citizens and non-citizens alike) could be detained by the police simply for not having identification. Would non-Hispanic white people stopped by police, who are not carrying identification, be detained until they can prove they are in the U.S. legally?