Friday, August 3, 2007

Horizonte: Gilbert-Mesa police giving illegal immigrants criminal citations for not speaking English, not having window wiper fluid

On Horizonte Thursday night, Julie Pace, the attorney for Wake Up Arizona, the coalition of businesses suing the government to stop the employer sanctions bill, made some pretty serious accusations against the Gilbert and Mesa police. She basically accused them of racially profiling and subjecting illegal immigrants to excessive policing, saying the police are stopping trucks pulling trailers and giving them 20 criminal citations each for things like not speaking English, not having enough windshield wiper fluid, and cracked windshields. C-R-I-M-I-N-A-L citations according to Pace. She drew an analogy to racist police in the 1960's harassing blacks. These are pretty bold accusations. Even Jose Cardenas, the liberal host of Horizonte, looked a little skeptical after she said this. For some reason (maybe past history hearing liberals accuse others of racism charges that never pan out?), I don't see bold headlines in the future finding the Gilbert-Mesa police guilty of racism. It's really hard to take people like her seriously (never mind that the employer sanctions law doesn't even go into effect until Jan. 1, 2008).

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