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. AL Rdz

    If you are not white and have blue eyes stay the hell away from Arizona

    April 29, 2010 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Maray Green

    What's the beef?? All the rest of us u.s. citizens have to show our "papers"
    (Identification, Social Security, driver's license) every time we give someone a check.
    That's just the way it is. So...I'm saying, GET LEGAL !!!!!!!!!!!! AND SHUT UP !!!!.

    April 29, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Thevoiceofreason

    You ask how might one suspect if someone is illegal?? Umm, is the person white looking or hispanic looking? No race language added but how else are you supposed to enforce this stupid ass law? Ohh yeah, just go to home depot!

    April 29, 2010 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. not so proud AMERICAN

    This bill is stupid and should be done away with. I mean it has no affect on me what so ever but the principal is stupid. Its the easiest form of racism and a way for white people to tell mexicans that they are trash. i hope one of these ignorant racist punks tells me to go back to where i came from cause then i get to laugh and tell them i am where i came from, cause i was born and raised in texas and i have served this country.

    April 29, 2010 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Gabz

    This is not about being, white, brown, black or anything. This is about doing what is right! As an American with immigrant ancestors, I stand for what is right. Perhaps u have nothing to worry because you are a citizen but I can assure you that many of us have a generation that descended from an immigrant family.

    April 29, 2010 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. emily

    most people fail to remember that the US is called the "melting pot" for a reason: its a blend of so many ethnicities. many of our grandparents or grandparents came from other countries to make a better living here. ireland, italy, to name a few.

    its a stereotype to encase mexicans as being the only current race emmigrating to the US. its a lie. still,to this date, people from pakistan, india, china, ireland, or any other country, outstay their traveler's visa and try to make a life here

    it isn't just mexicans. i also find it amusing pulling anyone over that looks "mexican". several mexican people are legal. and it might not be common knowledge,but not all mexicans are short and brown, some are white with green or blue eyes, so i find it ammusing to think how they will approach this situation.

    don't get me wrong, immigration is a problem that needs to be controlled, but this isn't the way, not making criminals out of people who want to come here to work. singling them out and treating them like criminals is like what was done to the jews during the holocaust, and you all know i'm right

    April 29, 2010 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Think about this

    For all the commenters who believe that a reasonable suspicion requirement is sufficient to avoid racial profiling or outright racism, consider this. Did you know that it is illegal to turn at an intersection from the outside lane to the inside lane? Did you know that it is illegal to change lanes without signaling, or turn without signaling? Do you know how many things are illegal but people do all the time because they are such minor infractions and cops usually just let you go?

    But if a cop wants to racially profile, they can easily follow/watch a person until they slip up and do something illegal, punishable by maybe a small fine, and they WILL slip up, and then ask for proof of citizenship.

    In addition, let's say two people are pulled over for speeding down a highway. One is Mexican, the other is Caucasian, who do you think the cop is going to ask for papers? If you guessed "only the Mexican" you would most likely be correct.

    So don't assume that just because a police officer needs probable cause to search and/or detain a person that that means officers can't still profile.

    April 29, 2010 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Rick

    People HELLO!!! If you do something ILLEGAL, then you suffer the consequences; that is why these people are called ILLEGAL aliens. The consequence is (should be) that you get kicked out of the country that people have come into LEGALLY. Unfortunately, the government doesn't have the guts to make the right decision, AZ did. The responsibility of the cop isn't to go find illegals, they find out someone is illegal when pulled over for a ticket, etc. Unbelievable that someone actually thinks we are going on a "hunt" to find them.

    April 29, 2010 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  9. emily

    mexico suffers a high unemployment rate at this moment, and even so, they recently let a large number of haitians enter the country freely, to live and to work. because, it is a nice thing to do for people in need.

    funny how the US doesn't see it that way

    April 29, 2010 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Sal

    Hmmm, I'm a legal immigrant, not white, and if my "brothers and sisters" were the majority of the local population of ILLEGAL immigrants, then yeah, at the very least I would expect to be asked whether I am in my country legally and no, I don't call that "racial profiling" with all of its ugly connotations. If anything, I would be "angry" with my ILLEGAL "brothers and sisters" for messing with my life because they mistakenly seem to think they are entitled to be here. Otherwise why did I bother to respect the law and follow the rules to be here.

    April 29, 2010 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  11. dave

    i think this is a step in the right direction , the whole country should do the same thing then more americans would have jobs

    April 29, 2010 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  12. W.Dodge

    The law is the same as the federal law that is now not being enforced. Enforce the laws we now have and this stuff isn't necessary. If a city or state doesn't enforce the law, cut off federal funding. This includes sanctuary cities like San Fransisco!

    April 29, 2010 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Christoph

    It is good to see a police officer caring that a law actually embodies justice. The racists who wrote this immigration law should never have been elected and would be more at home in the fifties during the segregation.

    April 29, 2010 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Finch

    Really? He's a liberal and supporting "la Raza" because he won't do something illegal? The law is illegal because it violates every American's right to pursuit of happiness if they are swarthy or "look" Mexican in the offending cops eye. THe fact that there are White & Black mexicans & south Americans (and dont "look' like la Raza), as well as Black & White Americans who could look Mexican doesn't concern you guys I gather.

    April 29, 2010 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  15. W.Dodge

    Also, if anybody gets pulled over for a traffic violation you have to show your papers!!!

    April 29, 2010 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
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