What would Arizona's revered libertarian icon, Barry Goldwater, say about a law that requires the police to demand proof of legal residency from any person with whom they have made "any lawful contact" and about whom they have "reasonable suspicion" that "the person is an alien who is unlawfully present in the United States?" Wasn't the system of internal passports one of the most distasteful features of life in the Soviet Union and apartheid-era South Africa?
He'd complain and raise holy hell and call 'em all about of gutless cowards (see 4 minutes in).
And, in the same location I saw this quote, Steven Benen has a reader ask another obvious question:
Just a question I haven't heard anybody ask: Shouldn't the tea party crowd be having a cow over this new immigration bill that Arizona just passed? Doesn't that sound like big government tyranny to them? Giving the police the power to demand "papers" from someone just on their own suspicion?
Any chatter from the tea party folk to this effect? I haven't seen any.
Well this one is easy, the vast number of the Teapartiers believe in the 3/5ths Clause, as long as only non-whites have to show their papers they're okay with it. The logical extension of it meaning they can be stopped an inquired into by a cop is something they cannot comprehend as a white person carrying a firearm.