Rounding Up the Illegals
Steven Taylor provides a long answer to my largely rhetorical question yesterday morning: Why didn’t we go out and arrest all the illegal aliens who showed up for yesterday’s marches across the country. The answer is complicated and multi-pronged but includes this observation:
Do we really want police going around demanding documents from anyone who looks like he or she might be from Latin America? There are millions of citizens, many of whom have family going back generations in this country, whose physical appearance is such that they might be an illegal immigrant. Should they have to produce documents because they have brown-ish skin and their last name is Garcia, Hernandez or Gomez?
This is indeed problematical and enough to give us pause. Of course, a reluctance to profile or ask for identification combined with a lack of criminal sanction for those somehow caught anyway creates a de facto open borders policy.