the AZ isn't racial profiling, its nationality profiling. yes, i understand how fine a line that is, but AZ isn't saying they want to reduce hispanics in the state, they are saying they want to reduce citizens of a foreign country who have entered the state of AZ and the U.S. illegally. it so happens that the people who have entered the state/country are hispanic. lets reverse this. Mexico as the land of plenty, and caucasians cross the border into Mexico by the thousands, some intent on a life of crime, the majority a burden on the Mexican infrastructure/health care system. would it be just if the Mexicans used that fact that they saw caucasians milling in large groups, or acting suspiciously, as a method to help reduce illegal immigration into their country? of course they would!
we need to stop pinning the racial epitaph on everything. obviously there is plenty of times today, and throughout history when race is/was the issue, but its not always the root of the problem. this topic is a perfect example. AZ isn't targeting hispanics, who are breaking the law by entering the U.S./AZ illegally, they are targeting people who have broke the law of the land, by entering the U.S./AZ illegally, many commiting crimes, many more taxing the public infrastructure, who are hispanic.
the same law allows the AZ police to question someone of middle eastern ethnicity, who is acting suspiciously. estimates are that 3% of the people crossing the border into the U.S. via Mexico are from the middle east. who would object to questioning someone of middle eastern background in post 9-11-01? would you say its ok to question people from yemen/pakistan/iran, but not Mexicans?
i do agree that EMPLOYERS of illegal immigrants need to be targeted, fined and or punished by the law.
also, amend the 14th amendment to the Constitution. remove the section granting citizenship to anyone born in the U.S., and reword it to children born to CITIZENS of the U.S. are automatically citizens.
a pathway to citizenship for the hundreds of thousands of illegals already here? yes. they MUST declare themselves, they MUST enroll in english language classes, they MUST pass the same naturalization program that anyone who has become a citizen from a foreign country has. they are NOT eligible for social security, medicare beyond what they have paid into it, there can be a scale for that. cetainly no benefits for family back in Mexico...
failure to meet any of the above crtieria, should result in deportation.