And how did you know he was illegal? Or were you just assuming that since he was a brown-skinned Spanish speaker he was not properly documented and authorized to be in the United States?
Because I've been hit exactly four times in my life, none of them my fault.
Hit #1) A guy in Brat Pickup with a full load of hay switched lanes RIGHT INTO ME on the Mojave Narrows bridge. We both almost went over the side of the bridge.
Hit #2) Our pal, the No Habla Ingles Guy hits me pulling onto a side street from his house. Pulled right into the front passenger side of my truck with his van.
Hit #3) I was stopped on the 22 East Fwy on the other side of a hill, waiting for traffic to move. Some kid flies over the crest of the hill in his pick-up, notices too late that traffic is jammed up at the bottom of the hill, brakes hard, skids, and slams into my rear-end.
Hit #4) I was driving down Cypress Garden Blvd, and an elderly gentlemen pulls his van out from a side street with a stop sign (I was on the Blvd which had no signs and the speed limit was 45 mph) and he pulls his van right into my truck, t-boning me. (He says he never even saw me, yikes!).
In Hits #1, #3 and #4, all citizens involved PULLED OVER, GOT OUT OF THEIR CAR, showed me their driver's license, exchanged insurance information, and made sure I was ok, and I made sure they were ok, and they made the effort to make things right with me.
In Hit #2, our "No Habla Ingles" friend REFUSED TO EVEN GET OUT OF HIS VEHICLE, and as was pulling away as I was getting out of mine. I had blocked his van, and tried to get him to get out and exchange information, but he refused, and left the scene of the accident without talking to me other than shouting "No Habla Ingles" before swerving around me and peeling out. HMMMMM. Something's fishy. People don't DO that unless they're hiding something: Either they're intoxicated while driving, or they're drugged up or transporting drugs, or they're not supposed to be driving, or they're not supposed to be here in this country at all. Any of those things are ILLEGAL, hence the word "ILLEGAL". Who hits someone, then doesn't even get out or stop to exchange information? Criminals, that's who. And by refusing to even talk to me, he committed the crime of 'hit and run' so if he wasn't illegal before, he was then. Too bad I was powerless to do something about it.
Actually though we say "illegal" what we mean is undocumented. It may be a federal crime. I can't be sure without reading U.S.C. Title 18 thoroughly. On a cursory review of that Title the only crimes I could find related to this have to do with obtaining citizenship fraudulently. No one is claiming that has happened here. So these so-called illegals have merely failed to follow the proper administrative procedures. If they had in fact committed crimes they would be entitled to a jury trial before conviction and punishment (including deportation) That would be very expensive and is not what happens. So I am fairly certain that all those screaming "illegal" are simply misinformed.
Trust me, it IS a Federal Crime to be in this country without proper documentation. Not 'may be', but IS. How do I know this? I have several friends who have emigrated to this country the LEGAL way, and one who is trying right now to emigrate from France. They have assured me that our officials have most certainly let them know that it is indeed ILLEGAL, as in "A Federal Crime" to be here without doing it the proper way. You can't just waltz into someone else's country without a passport or a green card, or going through the proper channels. Have you ever visited another country? It's a HASSLE. And in many countries, if you try to stay without doing it the legal way, it's a crime.
Interesting that "Miranda" was an Arizona case. And Miranda is a hispanic surname. Arizona cops seem to have a history of abuse...and guys like Mr. Miranda are often the target. Might also interest you to know that the SCOTUS has recently agreed to hear another Arizona case related to police abuse that could be as significant as Miranda.
I'm not crazy about cops in general, but even _I_ know that saying crap like "Arizona cops have a history of abuse" and singling out Arizona cops as having a special abusive history is ridiculous. ALL professions all over the nation, and all walks of life and beliefs have their share of bad apples. There are abusive bankers, abusive doctors, abusive atheists, abusive christians, abusive cops, abusive ACLU members, etc. And conversely, there are good guys in all those instances too.
If you're worried about the Arizona cops profiling certain groups of people, then you have no right to profile them by saying "Arizona Cops have a History of Abuse". However, if you can say "Well, Arizona Cops have a history of abuse", then the Arizona Cops can say "Well, Arizona Hispanics have a history of being here illegally." Aren't both profiling in your eyes?
Personally, I think Arizona's new law is just one born out of desperation. They're desperate after all the shootings, drugs and murders, and they just want to uphold the Law that the Feds are ignoring.
I would agree. You were frustrated when the gentleman hit you then left you holding the bag. Arizonans are frustrated with the situation, blue and green alike. But frustration is not a good reason for passing laws.
I believe laws come from people being frustrated due to injustices being committed, actually. Arizona is under the injustice of a tide of crime that has been directly linked to illegal aliens, mostly in the name of drugs. A rancher was recently shot and killed by an illegal immigrant. An officer was shot recently as well by an illegal. Drugs AND people are constantly being smuggled across the border from Mexico to Arizona. The law-abiding citizens of Arizona are at wit's end and in the middle of a huge drug war, and Coyote business, and they're fed up! They're tired of these injustices. They're tired of the Federal Government refusing to do anything about it. Even now, Obama is like "Oh, well, Congress is really tired. We'll just put this whole issue on the back-burner". And none of the presidents before him were much better in this instance. People are getting tired of 'nothing being done' or worse yet, presidents wanting to give all people here illegally "amnesty". That's an even bigger slap in the face for those like my friends who had to jump through multiple, time-consuming expensive, hoops to do things the right way and be here legally. :/
And so, the states directly on the front lines of all this, are desperate to change things for the better, for the law-abiding citizens of the USA.