Wow. And they said it would never work. In Rhode Island, the state police have taken on the responsibility of screening everyone they stop for their immigration/citizenship status — and it’s working.
Reading the article is a remarkable education in the reality of the situation, as — one by one, mostly inadvertently — so many of the liberal deceptions about immigration enforcement fall apart.
For starters, the Rhode Island State Trooper most prominently featured is himself the son of Cape Verdeans and himself born in Mozambique. Trooper Nuno Vasconcelos doesn’t play favorites, doesn’t whine about the injustice, doesn’t cut breaks — nor does he single out anyone or any group.
There’s the usual whining about how this will lead to racial profiling:
The Rhode Island ACLU and other critics say they are concerned that the State Police’s efforts are leading to racial profiling. Steven Brown, ACLU executive director, said police should focus on enforcing state law, not federal law, and questioned why they are singling out immigrants for enforcement.
For instance, he said, if they stop a young white man driving a Porsche for speeding, would they also check with the IRS to see whether he is paying his taxes?
“If everything’s in order, why are you pursing anything at all in the absence of the crime?” he asked.
Hey, that sounds like a bit of racial profiling to me. A young white male in a Porsche is likely to be a tax cheat? For shame, Mr. Brown!
(Then again, most of the tax cheats uncovered in the Obama administration have been wealthy white men, so there might be something to it after all…)
It also fails on the reality check. Driving while a tax cheat isn’t illegal. Driving without a license, registration, or (in most states) proof of insurance is. And all three tend to be hallmarks of illegal aliens — kind of like slurred speech is an indicator of a drunk.
This is one of those circumstances where, in some states, it’s actually more advantageous to not be an American citizen. If an American is caught driving without a license in an unregistered, uninspected car, he’s looking at some serious charges. Whereas in some states (yes, Massachusetts, I’m looking at you), the “illegal alien” status works to your advantage — the cops know they can’t really do anything of real substance to you, so they often let you walk.
There is something seriously wrong when American citizenship is an actual detriment.
The philosophy behind the Rhode Island Troopers’ policy is a simple one: if we encounter a crime being committed, we’re going to enforce the law. We’re not going to go conducting random roundups of potential illegal aliens, we’re not going to start grabbing any Hispanic-looking people and roust them, but if during the course of our regular duties we find reason to think someone is here illegally, we’re going to check it out. And if they are, then we’re going to enforce the law.
Wow, what a radical concept.