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Old 05-03-2010, 03:50 AM
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Cleveland lawyer David Leopold has been representing immigrants across the country since the early 1990s. He is the president-elect of the American Immigration Lawyers Association in Washington, D.C. He is also the son of a Holocaust survivor.
"I don't make these comparisons lightly," he said last week. "This Arizona law is like the Nuremberg laws, which stripped Jews of their rights. This time, the law is aimed at Latinos."
It doesn't take much to trigger "reasonable suspicion," he said. "All you have to do, in the presence of police officers, is have an accent. Or avoid eye contact. Or maybe you start zig-zagging to avoid crossing their path. Now they have reason to suspect you aren't a citizen, and they can demand you provide proof on the spot."
The law is also unfair to police officers, Leopold said.
"It puts them in a horrible position. If they enforce the state law, they are breaking federal immigration law. If they don't enforce it, private citizens can sue."
Curiously, the law completely ignores the American citizens who offer the major incentive to those millions of undocumented workers crossing our borders: employers.
Alas, business owners are a little harder to round up on sight. So many white people, and you know how we white folk all look alike. Why, the only way you'd catch these guys is to enforce existing laws and show up at their places of business where, on any given day, untold thousands of undocumented workers are earning the lowest wages in America.
The Grand Canyon State is now a police state: Connie Schultz | - cleveland.com
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