This law was not written to deal with the very real problems of illegal immigration. As written, it is unenforceable if only because Az will not be able to pay the costs of imprisoning the illegals.
The authors of this law no doubt also foresaw its inevitable outcome, Az as a civil rights target makes good PR for the Tea bag suckers and disrupts efforts by the responsible folks in Congress to set priorities. Now imagine a few thousand civil rightsies jaywalking as a form of protest while carrying Mexican flags. The cops will do what about this? Imagine the contributions to the Palinistas when Beck does his Az is Oz show.
The real intent is provocation … more of the same effort by radical right to create chaos.
The sadness is that we do need real reform. The obvious way to do this is to have a national ID. Ideally this would be a biometric card that could be required at time of employment. No card, no job. A card law would also help with airline security, simplify border crossings with CAN and MEX, and greatly facilitates health care.
Interestingly the Dem’s draft of an immigration bill already includes a national ID card! I wonder if the script for Beck’s show is already written?
Cross Posted at SJ