Online Chat with Maricopa County Sheriff Joseph Arpaio

Via the Washington Post:

Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County in Arizona was online Friday, April 30, at 12:30 p.m. ET to discuss the new immigration law signed last week by Gov. Jan Brewer (R), which criminalizes illegal immigration by defining it as trespassing and allows local law enforcement agencies to question people they suspect of being undocumented.

Washington, D.C.: How can law enforcement “reasonably suspect” someone of being undocumented without racial profiling? Other than race, what are the key indicators?

Sheriff Joe Arpaio: When you have a legitimate contact druing law enforcement operations, you should be able to ask for identification which law enforcement does anyway on a daily basis. You ask for ID and you see if that person is here illegally by checking out the immigration status of the person. We don’t go around picking people off the streets because they look like they’re from another country just because of their race.

Read the entire chat here.

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