Linda Greenhouse at The New York Times’ Opinionator blog today writing about Arizona’s new illegal immigrant legislation:
So what to do in the meantime [until it’s overturned]? Here’s a modest proposal. Everyone remembers the wartime Danish king who drove through Copenhagen wearing a Star of David in support of his Jewish subjects. It’s an apocryphal story, actually, but an inspiring one. Let the good people of Arizona — and anyone passing through — walk the streets of Tucson and Phoenix wearing buttons that say: I Could Be Illegal.
Which would then require – by the language of the new law – that police stop that person and ask for papers. If that person can’t produce papers (leave that license them home guys), they’d be subject to arrest. Wouldn’t that be a lovely mess.
While media failures (as in ‘reporting this story’) no longer surprise me, sheer stupidity brings us reporting like: “this law ‘makes it illegal to be an illegal immigrant”. What part of already illegal don’t they understand?
Greenhouse knows her stuff: Linda Greenhouse, the winner of the 1998 Pulitzer Prize, writes on alternate Fridays about the Supreme Court and the law. She reported on the Supreme Court for The New York Times from 1978 to 2008. She teaches at Yale Law School and is the author of a biography of Justice Harry A. Blackmun, “Becoming Justice Blackmun.”