FLA immigration law proposed largely to target nonwhites

November 10, 2010 § Leave a comment

Arizona’s controversial law prohibits illegal racial profiling. Several state legislatures have moved to copy the law. Florida is pushing hard to enact a similar law except with one small caveat. It allows for selective enforcement. Florida state Rep. William Snyder has drafted Tallahassee’s version of the Arizona immigration bill. Snyder is Vice Chair of the Florida legislature’s Committee on Homeland Security & Public Safety. “Race, ethnicity, and national origin cannot be used in making arrests. It’s immoral, illegal, and unconstitutional,” Snyder said in a recent radio interview. That’s all good except his bill explicitly exempts Canadians and Western Europeans, who need only show a passport to be “presumed to be legally in the United States”. Even if an officer has “reasonable suspicions” over a person’s immigration status, the bill says, a person will be “presumed to be legally in the United States” if he or she provides “a Canadian passport” or a passport from any “visa waiver country.” What are the visa waiver countries? Other than four Asian nations, almost all of the 32 other countries are in Western Europe, from France to Germany to Luxembourg.  So, natives of 160 countries, mostly African, South American, and an assortment of islands, are going to be questioned while others will be left alone?  (sf gate)

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