"This law mirrors existing federal laws which are not being enforced," says the resolution, sponsored by Republican Joe Brazil of Defiance. "Illegal immigration places enormous financial stress on the resources of bordering states."Hiebler is later quoted as saying resolutions that are completely unrelated to local business, "have no place in our County Council meetings."
The resolution added that a similar law in Missouri "is needed and appropriate."
Brazil was joined by the council's four other Republicans and Democrat Jerry Daugherty of Portage des Sioux in voting for the resolution. The only "no" vote was from Democrat Cheryl Hibbeler of O'Fallon.
Because the state has usurped federal authority over immigration, the legislation is open to a constitutional challenge.Click here to read the whole thing.
More troubling is the fact that racial profiling is the very foundation of Senate Bill 1070. The Equal Protection clause of the U.S. Constitution prohibits selective enforcement based upon race. All Hispanics, no matter their citizenship, will be subjected to a police state that applies to no one else. No one else at all.
Driving While Brown now joins Driving While Black -- not simply in the vernacular of human beings targeted because of skin color by law enforcement but also in the law books. Arizona, which at one point repealed the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, appears determined to stake out racial frontiers.
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