The profiling of non – white people in America is a consistent social issue. The behavior has precipitated the legislation of amendments to the Constitution of the United States to guarantee basic human and civil rights.
Laws have been enacted to protect the civil right of black, women, and native voters. In the case of Lau vs. Nichols, the 1974 Asian Brown vs the Board of Education before the Supreme Court, Asian American parents of children whose first language is not English have had to sue the federal government to guarantee their children equal opportunity and protection in public education.
The presence of international migrants, the new United Nations designation of the politically correct undocumented workers formerly known as illegal immigrants remains an issue in black and white, seemingly never really black and white or, is it? The issue becomes confused when the issue central to immigration is real living breathing people of Latin American Origin and how they are being treated. The only thing the people of Latino origin are guilty of is living while Latino.
Federal law prohibits foreign national presence within national borders without legal consent. That is the beginning of the issue. Second, Hispanics, Latinos, and Chicanos are a disparate group of American citizens. They are groups of persons legally in America for residency, citizenship, work and study, or of persons present without the benefit of legal consent. This conglomerate is the largest ethnic minority group identified in America. Third, this political hot button issue is one many tend to see in black and white. Fourth, the issue is perceived as racial in orientation because right wing conservatives are the loudest voices against and it is consistent with the practice of profiling non – white people.
No one in America is to be discriminated against on the basis of race, ethnic origin, language minority origin, religion, or age. Recently legislation in Arizona, the now infamous SB 1070 enhances the probability that persons of Latin Origin will be discriminated against simply as a result of their ethnic group being racially profiled, guilty of being alive while Latino.
Other ethnic groups historically racially profiled know the experience only too well. The Japanese were racially profiled after the Bombing of Pearl Harbor. Persons of Middle Eastern origin have been racially profiled since September 11, 2001. Black people in America have been profiled since arrival more than 400 years ago.
Driving while black in an upscale model car has resulted in polices stops without reason. Being in certain neighborhoods while black has resulted in police harassment. Black people, particularly black men; persons of Middle Eastern origin, and now Latinos experience profiling. The common denominator in all these cases, profiled individuals and groups are non – white.
Immigration as a political hot button issue is a legal and social concern. How does one tell the difference between a Latino American, an international migrant from Latin America, and an undocumented Latino by physical observation? To be a person able to answer that question by only looking at people is at the heart of historical supremacist behavior precipitating anti – discrimination laws and anti – profiling laws.
Questions yet to be resolved include the federal government’s appropriate border management and the establishment of a functional path to work and citizenship. Second to that, Law Enforcement must be clear about the task mission to protect and to serve the people of the public republic.
Probable cause is sufficient to investigate suspicious behavior or activity in question any time and any where with any individual or group of individuals. The same rules apply for citizens and persons that may be discovered not to be citizens.
The high road here is to diligently pursue the path that demonstrates highest American values of inclusion of over against lowest American values of exclusion. Respect for human and civil rights are the least America can do. Love for others like love for self, asserted Christian values, by imperative must be the goal to achieve the American best.
The how – to approach to resolving this people dilemma is to enact the 10 Step Practical Strategy to Immigration Reform. This strategy will require people of dignity in politics and law enforcement to treat people with dignity. The profiling of non – white people is wrong.