In Arizona, the local press and the travel industry are wringing their collective hands over fears that the state is getting a national and international ‘black eye’ over the fall-out from SB 1070, Arizona’s anti-illegal immigrant law that requires the “reasonably suspicious” to show cops their papers to prove they’re not illegally trespassing in the state. See $90 million at risk in boycott of Arizona.
The worry over threatened and actual boycotts is real. The law is chiefly lambasted for promoting racial profiling. But one website has a potential solution. It’s The Deprofiler, which its creators believe will eliminate any harm from possible racial-profiling.
But will The Deprofiler really be necessary? After all, defenders of the new law point to express language that forbids racial profiling.
For example, in a May 6, 2010 interview with the Arizona Republic, one of SB 1070’s architects, Kris Kobach, a Missouri lawyer and law professor said, “The biggest misperception about SB 1070 is the claim that it somehow encourages racial profiling. The people making this claim either haven’t read the bill or they are willfully misrepresenting it. SB 1070 expressly prohibits racial profiling. In four different places, the law provides that “a law enforcement official … may not consider race, color or national origin in the enforcement of this section ….” Race may not be considered in making any stops or determining immigration status.” See Live Talk from May 6: Kris Kobach.
So graced with the professor’s pontifical pronouncement, I guess this means that ‘Profilees’ looking for posssible Deprofiler assistance can instead now say, “Wow, that’s a relief!” or “¡Magnifico, no hay que preocuparse!“