With All Eyes on Union-Busting, Indiana Senate Passes AZ-Style 'Papers, Please' Immigration Law

The Associated Press reports that while the public's attention has been focused on a union-busting measure in Indiana similar to that proposed by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, the state senate approved a measure that, among other things, "allows police officers to ask someone for proof of immigration status if they have a reasonable suspicion the person is in the country illegally." (ht: Andrew Kennis, via Twitter.)

Last June, when confronted with the possibility of widespread racial profiling taking place as a result of a similar law in Arizona, rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, responded as follows, according to the Washington Independent:

“Those common sense indicators,” he explained, “are all kinds of things, from what kind of clothes people wear — my suit, in my case — what kind of shoes people wear, what kind of accent they have, um, the, the type of grooming they might have, there are all kinds of indicators there and sometimes it’s just a sixth sense and they can’t put their finger on it.”


AlterNet / By Joshua Holland

Posted at March 1, 2011, 10:43am