The new law in Arizona which so many are afraid will lead to a police state, simply gives the police the freedom to ask for legal status when a person is stopped for investigation for another crime or violation. This has people outraged, but why?
Their fear that legal immigrants will be harrassed or thrown in jail for the failure to show their documentation is unfounded. At least if the legal immigrants are following the requirements of their residency. This is because it is a requirement of all those immigrants granted legal residence to carry their residency card with them AT ALL TIMES. They must do so until they are granted citizenship. Therefore, if they are fulfilling that requirement and are asked for proof of their legal residence, they'll have it to show and then be on their merry way.
I don't understand how identifying and deporting those people who should not be here is a bad thing. I really don't. I have to prove I have a lisence to drive if a traffic cop stops me, so how is this any different?