Will Arizona's Tough Immigration Law Lead to Racial Profiling?

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that one aspect of Arizona's tough stance immigration law is constitutional, three provisions are not. Do you anticipate a ripple effect in Marin?

Imagine being pulled over in your car not for a traffic infraction but simply because of the color of your skin, the music you are playing, your facial features, or even the language you are speaking.

That's what some opponents of Arizona's S.B. 1070 say will happen now that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled today that a key element of the law is constitutional, while striking down three others components of it as unconstitutional.

The upheld element of the law would allow law enforcement officials in Arizona to determine the immigration status with people they come in contact with if they suspect that they are in the country illegally.

The Supreme Court however struck down the provisions in the law that made it a crime for immigrants to not carry immigration documents, prevent illegal immigrants from working in the country and allow for arrests without warrants in certain instances.

Proponents of the law say that it's necessary to combat a problem that is more intense in the border state and that is not sufficiently regulated by the federal government.

The law now goes back to the lower courts for an injunction to be lifted so that it can take into affect.

Although this is happening in Arizona, this is an issue that affects nearly every city in California, including Mill Valley.

Where do you stand on Arizona's tough approach on immigration? Should California follow suit? Should local police be allowed profile people based on their possible immigration status? Why or why not? Let us know in the comments below.


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