April 29th, 2010
04:41 PM ET

Tucson police officer files suit over immigration law

A police officer in Tucson, Arizona, filed a lawsuit against the state's governor Thursday over a controversial new immigration law.

Officer Martin H. Escobar says in the lawsuit that there are no "race-neutral criteria or basis to suspect or identify who is lawfully in the United States."

The law allows police to ask anyone for proof of legal U.S. residency. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and others who support the law say it does not involve racial profiling or any other illegal acts.

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  1. cacaraza

    We took a charge! We still be whaling away with are weapons!
    We know are raisin submersibles we scene! I KNOW! I aim Barded's Wire! I reality now truthables here and they're! Want to shoot it out? Got all my weapons red-eye! Choose you're
    BLOGGER now or we'll draw are He-Yah Monster Sites before you can wink! WE NO HOUR SUSPICIONABLES WHEN WE DONE AIMS FUR THEM!!!
    (I'll even give you a list of ID's particles used by Law and Odors Azsuch. Theirs at lease more than 1,070!

    April 30, 2010 at 4:34 am | Report abuse |
  2. Dave Althaus

    It seems pretty simple to me.......regardless of race, the officer needs ask everyone with whom he comes into contact in the course of his duties for proof of citizenship. In my state (NC) he would almost certainly encounter Canadians and Chinese as well as Latinos who are here illegally.

    It seems strange to me that many are assuming that the new law will cause racial profiling, when the guidelines to prevent such profiling are still being developed. I find it odd that Latinos are staying off the streets now, when the law does not go into effect until late July or early August. Especially for American citizens and legal immigrants, what is the panic all about?

    Dave

    April 30, 2010 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  3. Steve

    Police officers are sworn in to uphold the law. Don't like the law – quit.

    April 30, 2010 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  4. C.C.C

    I used to be an illeagal immigrant a few years ago.. would be interesting for people to truly find out what it means to be illeagal in this country.. because all the myths .. are so dumb... like that illeagal immigrants live off the state.. has it ever occured to anybody that they can't even get an ID, driver's license or social security number all of which are required to get any benefits???? Also most states are requiring proof of legal status to even help with anything.. I could go on and on.. about "MYTHS" which make americans hate them

    April 30, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Edie Kasper

    Steve, you are missing the point. Upholding the law is certainly right. But how some officers might "interpret" the law is what worries me. Can we be sure a police officer is acting on suspicious behavior and not just on "suspicious" looks? it would not be the first time that a police officer will try to climb up the ladder and over-use or abuse his authority by stopping each and everyone only HE might find suspicious?
    I also agree with Emily, one of the few who reminded us of Nazi Germany where everyone could be stopped and arrested by
    police (GESTAPO) who did not look aryan enough. Not a good law, Governor Brewer.
    Edie

    April 30, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  6. foundersten

    The bill is far, far, far from a racial crosshair. It's a commitment to action by a very desperate state against a gutless Congress.! There are some practical matters that need to be addressed and the law will be a much needed test of Congress' supposed commitment to the problem by letting America see if intelligence databases actually communicate with eachother (ie, for picture or fingerprint verification of citizenship in the event of a complete lack of ID). It's about time and shame on Congress (Republicans and Democrats) for allowing the problem to get this bad.

    April 30, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Melissa

    Thank you Tucson Police Department for standing up to this ridiculous new law. Even though the bill says it will not promote racial profiling in writing, how else can this "papers please" law be enforced. This is not comprehensive Immigration reform, it is an attempt to rid and interrogate the people living in Arizona who happen to have a skin color that is different than white. I can't wait for the mid term elections,we need a change at the state level FAST.

    April 30, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Immigrant Punk

    This law will backfire on every race. The police force will have the right to pull anyone over. The law will support it. The force is made up of whites, blacks, hispanics, asians, etc. Imagine being pulled over on the biggest night of your life because your white and could be an illegal from russia. Imagine giving a black officer that right. Better yet imagine giving a hispanic officer the right to question your beautiful white daughter on the way to her big night.
    This law will only empower law enforcement. Power to the people.

    May 2, 2010 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jack

    Obama's administration "Crime Inc". says its unfair and un-american (even though its a federal law) to ask a potential illegal alien to produce ID papers. Yet his road agents (census workers) can show up on any law abiding citizens front porch and threaten you with a $5000 fine (a law they will enforce) if you don't provide the gender, race, age and phone number of everyone living in your home? Welcome to bazaaro world.

    May 3, 2010 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  10. ScottyDog

    Officer Martin H. Escobar needs to find another job if he cannot enforce the law voted on and passed by 70% of the Arizona people. It is obvious he is one of these folks that believes that if you get across the border you are home free.

    Earth to Escobar, you should have been enforcing the law before Arizona was forced to pass a redundant law requiring the Government employees to do their jobs.

    How is is racist to ask someone for their ID?

    People that say it is racist just do not want the illegals to have to be deported for coming across the border like a common criminal. The vast majority of the people opposed to this law are Mexicans that are here illegally or family members that want to bring the rest of their relatives here from Mexico Illegally.

    May 19, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
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