Hello Darren and Marty,
Recently, you interviewed Adrian Gonzalez.
He made it clear that he opposes Arizona’s immigration law, emphatically stating that people should not be profiled and stopped by police simply for being Hispanic.
I do not begrudge Mr. Gonzalez the right to speak his mind. I find his comments to be misinformed, irresponsible, and injecting race into a conversation where it has no place, but that is neither here nor there. He can say what he wants. This is still America.
I do, however, take issue with the spread of misinformation.
You did not challenge him on his assertion that the law authorizes racial profiling in the Hispanic community.
The law does not.
In fact, both the Arizona legislature and Governor Brewer have gone out of their way to make it clear that the law only takes effect once a lawful police stop has already occurred.
The police need to have probable cause for a potential charge i.e. speeding, disorderly conduct, etc. This is NOT related to how somebody looks. Once the stop has been made, the police can then question the person’s immigration status. They cannot stop anyone without cause, and demand they pull out their papers.
I quote: “Brewer said at today’s ceremony that she won’t tolerate racial profiling and issued an executive order authorizing the state police board to develop standards for ‘reasonable suspicion.'”
The AZ legislature was so deadset on this that they amended the law to clear up any ambiguity. See here: http://hotair.com/archives/2010/04/30/az-legislature-fixes-new-immigration-law/
Some thanks they get, huh?
Whether we want to face it or not, illegal immigrants do try to hurt people, even cops: http://hotair.com/archives/2010/04/30/arizona-deputy-shot-with-ak-47-by-suspected-illegal-immigrant/
Is there a debate to be had about police overreach? Certainly. There is with any law.
…There is also the little matter of Phoenix having the highest kidnapping rate in the nation…and the continued murder of our fellow citizens, by illegals. (Google the name “Robert Krentz.”)
I wonder when we will concern ourselves with these…trivialities?
And to be sure, those who oppose this law, and demonstrate against it, aren’t exactly peaceful: http://hotair.com/archives/2010/05/03/torches-smashed-windows-must-have-been-a-tea-party/
You have the right to air whatever content you would like. Mr. Gonzalez has the right to speak his mind.
But I believe you do your audience a disservice when you raise this issue obliquely, and allow outright falsehoods…with no attempt to correct the record.
Furthermore, it saddens me that Mr. Gonzalez, and apparently, the MLBPA, want to punish Arizona fans, and take away the All Star Game.
….They might want to read the polls: http://hotair.com/archives/2010/05/03/two-new-polls-support-for-arizonas-immigration-law-over-60/
If they want to go down this road, they do so at their own peril.
If they want to flip off Diamondback fans (and by extension, the rest of the “evil” 60%), then they deserve what comes of it. Speaking for myself, “we want you back” won’t do it for me this time…
…Since you raised the issue, I hope you can summon the courage to correct the record. If we’re going to have a discussion about this, let’s have the discussion. With facts.
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