Florida state Congressman William Snyder, an ex-Miami-Dade Police officer, has drafted the state’s own version of Arizona’s bigoted immigration bill though he is adamant that it will not lead to racial profiling, and says so: “Race, ethnicity, and national origin cannot be used in making arrests. It’s immoral, illegal, and unconstitutional.”
But in Snyder’s proposed bill, if you are stopped for any reasons and asked to Show Your Papers, you get a pass if you have a Canadian or Western European passport. Not so lucky are our friends south of the border, or anywhere in Eastern Europe.
That’s right. In a bizarre clause in the Snyder bill, it says that even if an officer has “reasonable suspicions” over a person’s immigration status, a person will be “presumed to be legally in the United States” if he or she provides “a Canadian passport” or a passport from any “visa waiver country.” Visa waiver countries are, other than four Asian nations, are “all 32 other countries are in Western Europe, from France to Germany to Luxembourg.”
Snyder, a republican, of course, came up with his Bigot Law over the summer, and Republican candidate for governor, Rick Scott, has vowed to support the bill if elected.
All the more reason to cast your vote for ANYONE ELSE!
Basically, what Snyder’s proposed bill says, is that if you don’t look white, or come from a presumably white country, then you will be arrested.
How is that not racial profiling?