So you are walking along in Arizona and a big fancy police car pulls up next to you. You are a hispanic man and you have a hoodie on. You are walking thru a semi gated community because you do not have a car and it is the shortest route home. You have been detailing and washing cars all day and you are dead tired.
They have the right to pull up to you and ask if you are a citizen of the United States and detain you until they know if you are or are not.
Say you are a tall white woman walking along the streets of downtown Phoenix. You have to hurry because you told friends you would meet them and you are late. You jaywalk to get closer faster and a cop car pulls up along side you. They question you about jay walking and give you a ticket. They also ask you if you are a citizen of the United States. You show them your drivers license and they let you go.
The police now have the right to ask anyone if they are a citizen. Anyone?
A tall black man is running through an alley outside Tuscon. He is jogging but didn't have time to change into his spandex so he is running in shorts and a black t shirt. He is sweating and stressed out from his job at Walmart. The cops pull up next to him in a car and he is asked if he is a citizen of the United States. They are looking for a man who just committed a robbery in another block and they saw him running. He is taken into custody and found to be from Ethiopia with no papers or record of his entry into the country. He is turned over to the Federal Goverment for deportation.
The Supreme Court ruled that the cops have the right to ask anyone at anytime in Arizona if they are United States Citizens. They might be asking you tomorrow so you better have your ID ready. But that really won't help because ID can be forged. You will need to be sure you are not in the computer bank of information on immigrants. You will need to have a drivers permit or passport or what? to prove that you are a citizen of the United States. How many of us have no car and no passport?
If you are Latino you can be asked if you are a citizen even if you are just sitting in the shade at the local park with your wife and kids. You can be taken into custody until your citizenship is proved. You are more likely to be asked because you are Latino. You are being racially profiled and there is nothing you can do about that in Arizona.
There are people who are keeping track of who is arrested under this law to make sure they are not being racially profiled. You can be thankful there are people like that who will be watching as Arizona trains its policemen to ask people every day if they are citizens. They will have to prove that they did not pick you out because of the way you looked.
I am a very suspious, tall, white haired woman. I am afraid to go to Arizona. That place is dangerous for someone who looks like me.