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Racial Profiling And Border Security: Left of Center View

The only field where racial profiling may possibly belong is the field of genetics, it has absolutely no place in law enforcement. Racial profiling is the very embodiment of everything the civil rights movement stood against, and as a practice is a huge step backwards for a country that needed almost a hundred years to decide that the practice of slavery might have some moral issues attached to it. Racial profiling is little more than institutional racism practiced by the people who are supposed to ďserve and protectĒ.

Profiling on the other hand is an extremely valuable tool that when used properly can save lives and help keep us as a nation safe from terror. Simply put, we need to take the racial out of the profile, especially when it comes to the immigration issue. Look, if you are an officer patrolling the boarder and you see a person running across the desert in the dead of night, chance are you should stop and talk to them. Does it really matter what ethnicity the person is?

Now I understand you may be thinking, sure easy enough on the border, but what about once you get a couple of miles past that into areas that arenít all that well patrolled. We need to give our officers an edge, a way to combat this surge of illegals crossing the border. Fair enough but racial profiling ainít the answer people.

If you want to do a little actual police work, say for example check out the factories downtown that appear to have 300 people working there but only have six on the payroll? There are other little things you could do, I donít know, say perhaps Ė requiring proof of citizenship for all public services. But if you require proof of citizenship people that really need these social services, but who arenít here legally will be afraid to seek out the help they need. I know this may sound a little harsh Ė but isnít that the damn point!

Look I have no problem with people and their individual causes. Even with all her flaws, America is the greatest country on the planet because we can happily work against each other at every turn. There was a great story circulating a couple years back about how Alice Cooper would make anonymous calls to ensure that his records made it onto the list for every book / record burning he could find because it increased sales! You gotta love that great American ingenuity. But the government should at least try not to work directly against itself, especially when it comes to spending taxpayer money. Balance good, waste bad.

Sorry, got a little off point there. But you get what Iím saying. Racial profiling is the same as any other ethnic stereotyping and therefore has no place in a land where everyone is supposed to be equal in the eyes of the law. Wouldnít common sense be the better moniker than skin color?

Thanks for listening,

Bill


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Racial Profiling And Border Security: Right of Center View

Every time somebody that looks the part of a criminal gets arrested some ACLU attack dog screams ďracial profilingĒ and demands that they immediately be set free to preserve the values our nation was founded upon. Poppycock!! The truth is that there are times when appearance is a very good indicator of activity. It may not always be the case but it often is. To take the ability of law enforcement officers to identify someone who looks out of place and turn it into some evil-intentioned violation of American principles is just wrong.

A good portion of police work is assessing the intentions of a suspect by their appearance and behavior. If you have ten people walking down the street in a business district, nine of them are in pressed and cleaned business suits and one is in baggy pants with a bandana hanging out of his back pocket and gold plated teeth, which one do you think is most likely up to no good? The cops come to the conclusions they do because history has told them that focusing on the people that are out of place usually gets them to the heart of the matter much sooner.

Thatís not to say that everyone that looks a certain way is a criminal but law enforcement shouldnít have their hands tied by telling them they canít take someoneís appearance into account when making decisions related to enforcing our nationís laws. Obviously not all Latinos are illegal immigrants just like not all Caucasians are in America legally. But to be fair, the vast majority of illegal immigrants are of Latino descent. So while police and ICE officials should not be pulling over every Latino they see driving down the street, itís a safe bet that if you go down by the Home Depot and run a check on the Latinos hanging out there looking for work, you are going to come across a good number of undocumented immigrants.

Do we like that sometimes itís a personís skin color that makes them stand out in a crowd? No. Only raving bigots take pleasure in the suffering of people of different ethnicities. Do we like that there are not enough resources in America to meet the needs of all who would become Americans? Not really. If I had my way there would be enough for all and anyone that wanted to come here and make an honest living would have the chance to do so. That is not realistic. We have limited resources and like it or not, the majority of illegal immigrants are not Caucasian.

Simply turning a blind eye to reality will not change that sometimes appearances are reflective of activity. We need to enforce our immigration laws. The plain truth is that most illegal immigrants in America are non-whites. While it should not be the only thing law enforcement looks at when making decisions about which people to investigate, ethnicity is something that can be a potential indicator of someoneís immigration status. Ignoring that simple fact only makes our law enforcement less efficient.

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