85suited, on Sunday, April 25th, 2010, 10:41 AM, said:
HB,For any lawful contact to be made, a lawful stop has to be made first.The African American Community has complained of being pulled over for DWB - driving while black... But that doesn't mean we stop enforcing the traffic laws does it?We try to educate officers about these issues and discipline officers who don't who don't adhere to them.Can the law be abused - sure, but so could ANY lawWhat is you solution to the issue?
It isn't a question of whether this law will be abused, it is a law that invites, possibly *demands* that rights be abused. Need proof? Look at the defense: "We won't use racial profiling." Bullshit. Double and triple bullshit. Are you going to tell me that white people will be stopped and asked to see their papers? What are the odds that a Hispanic person is going to voluntarily help the police now? This should be called "The Harass any Hispanic who speaks Spanish" law, because anyone who is honest knows that that is what this law is about.What is the solution?Step 1 -- end the Insane War on Drugs. 99.99999% of the criminal activity on the border is due to the insane war on drugs. Not drug use, the war on drugs. End the war, end the incentives for people to evade law enforcement.Step 2 -- implement sensible immigration policies. Conservatives/neocons/Republicans claim to understand the law of supply and demand and to acknowledge economic reality. Yet when it comes to the supply of brown labor crossing the border, they start frothing at the mouth and say that they will, by legislative fiat, change the law of supply and demand. It's insanity. It has never worked in history and never can. An immigration policy that creates pent up demand for labor, and forces otherwise honest people to have to decide between providing for their family or breaking an immoral law, is flawed.Having said that, because the law is so flawed, and pent up demand is so high, we've created a transition problem -- how to get from here to there. I think the answer is to pick some sensible number, as indicated by non-racist economists, of how much of an influx we can handle. Then increase that amount by x% each year until equilibrium has been reached. Step 3 -- fix INS so that they can do background checks and give people a legal right to work here in a reasonable amount of time. Right now, 95% of immigrants have NO path to either working here or becoming citizens. Fix that, now. Then honest people will come through the checkpoints, and will go back when the work dries up. Anyone who tries to sneak across will be there for a reason -- they know they could get through basic background checks. So now you have a lot more resources to deal with a much, much smaller problem.You can't fool economics. Supply and demand will meet. Decide to do it in an orderly manner, or decide to do it at a great cost in morality, humanity, law enforcement, and human resources, and human life. More people die each year on the US border than in all the years of the existence of the Berlin Wall. It's pretty hard to express moral outrage at the failings of other countries when we are out-killing the communists.