Reid Bill Might Block State Immigration Laws

Joel Gehrke, Washington Examiner, November 28, 2011

Democrats in Congress have proposed a new racial profiling ban that could thwart state and local laws on immigration enforcement, such as the controversial Arizona law currently tied up in federal court, by withholding federal funding for state and local law enforcement agencies engaged in “racial profiling” and empowering the Department of Justice (DOJ) to file lawsuits against state and local governments.

Sens. Harry Reid, D-Nev., and lead sponsor Ben Cardin, D-Md., are pushing the End Racial Profiling Act of 2011, which would, among other things, “withhold federal law enforcement funding if local and state governments failed to adopt effective policies that prohibit racial profiling” and “require the Attorney General to report on ongoing discriminatory profiling practices.” Those reports could provide the basis for federal lawsuits against the state or local entities, filed by the Department of Justice (DOJ) or by individuals who believe they have been racially profiled.

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The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), which promotes more illegal immigration enforcement and lower levels of legal immigration, warned that the bill, if implemented, could interdict state and local efforts to enforce illegal immigration laws. “This could be used as a club to beat [states with illegal immigration laws] into submission,” said FAIR spokesman Ira Mehlman, although he noted that the language “doesn’t guarantee that it would be used in this way.”

Reid’s spokesman described the Arizona law last year as “legalization of racial profiling.” Reid has also said he supports the DOJ lawsuit against Arizona regarding SB 1070.

This law updates the 2003 DOJ guidelines against racial profiling to reflect concerns about immigration offenses. For the first time, it would apply to state and local officials, which the current DOJ guidelines do not (although the 14th Amendment does). {snip}

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  • Anonymous

    So, it’s racism to oppose illegal immigration or immigration. Isn’t this an open admission that immigration itself has a racial component, that some groups more than others are immigrating/displacing those already here? How can opposition to immigration be labeled racist unless some groups more than others are immigrating?

  • Question Diversity

    Aside from the immigration concern, what scares me about this bill is that it will all but preclude any law enforcement against our most beloved domestic minority group.

  • Anonymous

    The article accepts the false premise that the Arizona law was a racial profiling law. It was not. The law allowed the officers to look into the citizenship status of people stopped for other reasons (legal stops). That is not racial profiling. The anti-white liberal socialist extremists have made this completely incorrect and unsubstantiated claim and it should not be accepted.

    However, some profiling is absolutely justified. It is really an outrage that a bunch of white grannies and small 6 year old white girls are singled out and abused at airports while Arabs and other Muslims are ignored. According to official sources, all of the terrorist attackers in NYC were ARABS. None of them were Anglo-Saxon grannies, 6 year olds, or any other Anglo-Saxons for that matter! In fact, why should Muslims who have a hostile culture toward other faiths (see The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam and the Crusades) even be allowed to immigrate of visit? They should not and like the Mexicans they are a hostile group bent of conquest.

  • Deirdre

    Why are those in Washington so incredibly desperate for Mexican immigration?

  • BO_Bill

    I had a chance to meet Senator Reid, who is a very diminutive man in person. When we shook hands his eyes wandered and he quickly bolted to talk to a group of retired ladies about Medicare. During the photo op the Senator repeatedly muttered incoherent statements about some kid. His exact words were ‘is that your boy?’ ‘is that your boy?’ repeat repeat.

    I came away from that meeting with the clear impression that the majority leader of the United States Senate was not in full command of his mental faculties. Discussing the encounter with others who were there afterward, I was not alone.

    It is kind of spooky.

  • Anonymous

    Nonsense. We have lost the meaning of discrimination. If blonde blue-eye Swedes were pouring over the border illegally wouldn’t that identifier be used to focus arrests? The US is one of a few developed nations with a third-world country on its borders. As Milton Friedman once said, “You cannot simultaneously have free immigration and a welfare state.” We are a technological society that is showing that with a widening income gap between the classes. African, Mexican, Swedish the US should only choose those whom are best qualified, not those that manage to cross a finish line called the border. The fact that Mexicans are readily recognizable are circumstances that aid in detection, and nothing to do with the loaded terms of hate, racism and bias.

  • HH

    Is Illegal Alien/Invader a “race?” If the vast majority of Invaders happen to be from one ethno-racial category that is their problem, not ours!

    In a sane world, Reid and his cohorts would be arrested immediately and tried for treason against their country for alas, that is precisely what this amounts to!

  • rockman

    Pure treason folks. Selling out the American people and destroying our culture

  • Anonymous

    Here is some profiling, most US Congressman are self-serving, deceptive nincompoops. The stereotype works because it can be statistically relied upon. Profiling can be tested, and for most of us in our daily lives holds true and is valuable. I would bet that all US Congressman live in upscale, low-crime neighborhoods with persons predominantly of their ethnic/racial makeup. Is this wrong? Conversely, if persons with certain characteristics are significantly more prone to criminal activities, why not use that as an identifier? Black hats, black horses riding into town with six-shooters likely bad guys.

  • Istvan

    There is no such thing as “racial profiling”. There is criminal profiling and race is one of the traits one can use to reliably predict what type of crime an individual may have committed. Most illegals are Mexicans and most Mexicans have a certain look.

  • unreconstructed

    Every living creature on earth profiles.Little fish profile

    big fish,big fish profile little fish.

    Failure to profile can result in mass casulties of innocent

    citizens.09/11/01 comes to mind.

  • CDE

    More poppycock from a desperate liberal. This will never pass the House. Barney Frank is out and Obama is out in 2012. Makes me wonder why they even bother.

  • Paleface 6

    4 — Deirdre wrote at 6:59 PM on November 29:

    Why are those in Washington so incredibly desperate for Mexican immigration?

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    First, since I don’t recall seeing your posts here, welcome to the board!

    One possibility is that of a back room deal between the Mexican and American governments. By allowing their citizens to come here, it may be taking pressure off the Mexican government to take care of the average people thereby relieving somewhat the threat of another revolution. This was a successful strategy in the past, but due to the rise of the drug cartels this may be changing.

    May I suggest Thomas Chittum’s book Civil War II ? Chittum’s book goes into detail about this and other scenarios that seem to be coming to pass.

  • rjp

    The dependence on the federal government for funding signals to me that states need to wean themselves from the federal teat.

    Once a state is independent it will have the ability to act in it’s best interest.

    Relying of federal funds is akin to governmental level welfare, and we know well welfare works ….

  • Greg

    I wonder if the Senate is going to take up a bill to prevent law enforcement from going after insider trading, since most people convicted of this crime are white men. This is how bad their logic is.

  • white is right, black is whack

    I wonder if the End Racial Profiling Act of 2011 would stop hate crime bills and tighter anti-discrimination laws that are passed the rare times a white person goes out and commits and act of violence against a nonwhite? I wonder if the End Racial Profiling Act of 2011 would protect white men from getting harrassed and sued because they are ‘lacking diversity’ in their organizations? I wonder if the End Racial Profiling Act of 2011 would stop government from going after whites who are guilty of white-collar crimes?

  • Bob

    On the surface I don’t think this bill has much chance of passing. A version surely wouldn’t pass the Republican-controlled house. Moreover this isn’t just an assault on illegal immigration enforcement measures, but also an assault on states’ rights, and therefore would receive broader opposition. Nothing but pre-election politicking.