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I am curious who they polled to find that 60%, and as was pointed out in this discussion, what questions they asked. This discussion seems to be centered on jobs and crime, which I understand is motivating, at least in part, the new law in Arizona. But, what it comes down to is an issue of race. There is no way to tell someone's immigration status by the color of their skin or by their accent. There is just no way to do it. So, how could any law like this be anything but racial/ethnic profiling? Does every citizen in the US, including the "white folks," need to get a passport to show that they are a US citizen? Do we want to live in this sort of police state? What about the reality that there are probably more illegally working Canadians in the US than any other nationality? (This is not meant to inflame Canadians, just point out that most US employers don't think that Canadians need any additional work authorization, though they do). I do not have any easy answers to the difficulties that we are facing, but I am sure that states taking on immigration duties in this way is not going to solve the problems, but instead create many new, more challenging ones.
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