As a civil libertarian, I have some real issues with what Daryl Metcalfe is trying to bring to Pennsylvania. This sounds great, but the only way to do this kind of thing in a racially neutral way is to have everyone prove immigration status if there’s some reasonable suspicion. Imagine the following traffic stop:
“What the problem then officer? I don’t think I was doing over 100k an hour”
“License, registration and proof of insurance, please.”
“Let me get it oot of the glove box then, eh.”
“Sir, I’m going to have to ask to provide some proof or documentation that you’re in the country legally.”
“OK officer, here’s my Minnesota drivers’ license, registration and proof of insurance.”
“I have reasonable suspicion that you’re an illegal Canadian sir. I’m going to have to ask you step out of the vehicle.”
“But I’m from Minnesota.”
“You sound like a Canadian sir. We’re going to have to sort this out downtown.”
I am by no means in favor of amnesty for illegal aliens, nor against increased border protection, I don’t favor “haven cities,” and definitely not against cracking down on human smuggling. But I do not wish to turn the United States into an “Ihre Unterlagen, bitte.” police state in order to not really fix the problem.
I don’t agree with Dayln Leach on much, but I agree with him on this. It’s disturbing to me that so many lawmakers who recognize importance of the Right to Keep and Bear ArmsÂ as an important individual liberty don’t also recognize the basic right to a presumption of innocence by the government. That’s not just a right for the fair skinned. It’s a right of all people.