Drudge has a link to this story from NBC Los Angeles, detailing LA’s decision to boycott Arizona. I made it as far as the fourth paragraph. Then I read this tripe:
“Los Angeles the second-largest city in this country, an immigrant city, an international city. It needs to have its voice heard,” said Councilman Ed Reyes. “As an American, I cannot go to Arizona today without a passport. If I come across an officer who’s having a bad day and feels that the picture on my ID is not me, I can be… deported, no questions asked. That is not American.“
That is a bald faced lie. What does the law do? Via The Weekly Standard:
Byron York points out in the Washington Examiner that the law requires police to check on immigration status only if the person has been stopped “for some legitimate reason” and the police “suspect that he or she might be in the U.S. illegally.”
The heart of the law is this provision: “For any lawful contact made by a law enforcement official or a law enforcement agency…where reasonable suspicion exists that the person is an alien who is unlawfully present in the United States, a reasonable attempt shall be made, when practicable, to determine the immigration status of the person…”
Kris Kobach, a University of Missouri Kansas City Law School professor who helped draft the law tells York that “lawful contact” means “the officer is already engaged in some detention of an individual because he’s violated some other law. … The most likely context where this law would come into play is a traffic stop.”
Councilman Reyes is lying. He doesn’t have to carry a passport. That’s hyperbole. If an officer’s having a the worst day in the history of worst days, he cannot deport Councilman Reyes because his hair is different than his driver’s license photo. That’s asinine.
Unless Councilman Reyes is an ignorant incompetent, he know this. In that case, he’s a liar.