I would try my best to avoid supporting such a bigoted state.
How is it "bigoted?" The law seeks to identify illegal aliens. Last time I checked, "being in the country illegally" was not a race. It's an act - and an illegal one, at that. Can you really call someone who is prejudiced against criminals a "bigot?"
DoingHomework, if you live in Arizona, then your taxes are higher because of people entering the country illegally. They sneak in, use a disproportionate amount of government services (certainly more than you do), but pay nothing
into the system. Thus, your state's costs are higher, and its revenue is lower, because of people in the country illegally. It's an economic double-whammy that is crippling Arizona's (and other states') finances.
I understand why the sentiment has reached this boiling point in Arizona. And as such, I don't hold these laws against them. I certainly wouldn't boycott them
- they're hardworking USAmericans just trying to protect their resources. But at the same time, I don't think this new law is the answer. I think it will be challenged and defeated, because it seems to me that it is fundamentally unconstitutional. A person in the US is "innocent until proven guilty," yet this law allows police to assume anyone they choose is guilty, and requires them to prove they're not. That's wrong, in my opinion.
I hope the border states find a way to curtail the illegal immigration that is weighing down their budgets, but I think this law goes a little bit too far. In the meantime, legal residents have nothing to fear. First of all, cops are just plain too busy to just walk around, randomly demanding people to prove citizenship for no reason at all. I expect this law will be almost exclusively applied in situations where the police have already been called out to a disturbance. Furthermore, if the person doesn't have proof on them (heck, even if they do), the officer will run their name and date of birth through the national databank. That alone will show the officer if you are a legal resident. If you don't come up on the computer, and you can't prove you're there legally, well then certainly you'll be detained until you can somehow demonstrate you have a right to be in the country.
And what's wrong with that?
It sounds like the fear here is that this law will accidentally scoop up legal residents and cause undue inconvenience to legal, taxpaying USAmericans. I disagree. And as such, I don't really see a problem with it. The only people who will be unduly inconvenienced by this law will be the people it's supposed
to inconvenience - those who are in the country illegally.