Arizona is suffering from the failures of the federal government to secure America's border with Mexico. The Arizona legislature has passed a law designed to bring state law into conformity with unenforced federal law, which already, for example, makes it a crime to be in this country illegally (duh).
It also stipulates that “For any lawful stop, detention or arrest* made by a law enforcement official or a law enforcement agency…where reasonable suspicion exists that the person is an alien who is unlawfully present in the United States, a reasonable attempt shall be made, when practicable, to determine the immigration status of the person…”
*This phrase, as Byron York reports, has been added to clarify the original language, "lawful contact." (As in, "For any lawful contact...")
The point of the law is to reclaim American sovereignty and protect American citizens from the depredations of lawlessness -- anarchy -- long tolerated, if not promoted, by the political establishment, discussed here.
This lawlessness continues to be tolerated -- no, promoted -- by many, now including a US Senator and US Representative. From the AP:
Sen. Robert Menendez is urging the Major League Players Association to boycott next year's All Star Game in Phoenix over the recently passed Arizona law to crack down on illegal immigrants.
The New Jersey Democrat says in a letter that 27 percent of Major League players are Latinos and they shouldn't be subjected to a law Menendez says codifies racial profiling.
Rep. Jose Serrano, a New York Democrat, has similarly asked the players to boycott the 2011 event, noting that in 1993 the National Football League rescinded its offer to host the Super Bowl in Arizona because it didn't then recognize Martin Luther King day.
Players Association Executive Director Michael Weiner has come out against the law, saying it could negatively impact hundreds of players.
We are asked to hand over our driver's licence just to gain entry to office buildings all the time. We have to let policemen prod through purses and bags just to visit an art museum. ThisArizona id check -- during lawful police activity -- is a necessary and obvious and minimal measure required to restore sovereignty and the rule of law in Arizona. But it is a measure that Sen. Menendez and Rep. Serrano oppose.
And Major League Baseball?