After expressing my emotional opposition to SB 1070, I was attacked by some of my libertarian friends and called a traitor by a few of them. My conservative friends accused me of taking the side of lawbreakers and criticism of my position is piling on and I can’t take it anymore. Therefore I will stick to my guns and defend my position against those who would dare question my character.

This morning when I picked up my college paper, I read an interesting article by Michael P. Resse arguing against the law and setting the record straight. Here are some points he made about the law.

1) Requiring state, county and municipal law enforcement officers to demand proof of legal status of all people “suspected of being in the country illegally” will inevitably lead to scores of Arizona residents, who are in the country legally, being forced to demonstrate their legitimate presence here.

The “reasonable suspicion” by which these people will be subjected to police detainment and questioning will be based on their phenotypic (racial) characteristics. Alcohol/tobacco-carding laws are not based on race. Differential treatment by law enforcement on the basis of race is prohibited in the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment.

2) Requiring state, county and municipal law enforcement officers to demand proof of legal status of all people “suspected of being in the country illegally” will inevitably lead to people in immigrant communities refraining from seeking police assistance when they are the victim of a crime.

Non-reporting of domestic abuse crimes will weigh most heavily on my conscience. Women and children fearing the disruption of their family’s already tenuous position in life because of the immigration status of themselves or one of their family members will fear all law enforcement officials and silently bear whatever physical or sexual trauma being inflicted upon them. No such result occurs from alcohol/tobacco-carding laws.

You can read the rest of the article here. http://www.utepprospector.com/perspectives/facebook-immigration-debate-1.1435161

However, despite the backlash from my position against the law, I found support not just from my progressive friends, but from most of my libertarian friends, my apolitical friends, and even my college liberty group for which I am president of. It is truly refreshing to see most of my friends defend my position and to see friends who do disagree with me find common ground with me.

Therefore, I will say that I will not back down from my position against SB 1070 no matter what. I will not let others tell me what to think or do.

ed2point0

ed2point0

I am a libertarian who supported Ron Paul in the 2008 elections and I intend to support him in 2012. I am an open minded college student who has joined atheist, socialist, and feminist organizations to understand their message and to convey my message of liberty in an effective manner. I am up for debate but I always know when we can reach common ground. I live in West Texas and have lived here for my life. I love to listen to progressive metal like Dream Theater, thrash metal like Metallica and Pantera, but I love to eat all sorts of food that tickle my taste buds.

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