NYT: NJ Officers Asking Car Passengers For Immigration Status
"After the arrest of an illegal immigrant in connection with the murder of three students in Newark last summer, New Jersey’s attorney general, Anne Milgram, ordered state and local police to question the people arrested for serious crimes about their immigration status." The New York Times editorial board is down with that, as long as the police "ask about the immigration status of anyone arrested for an indictable crime or drunken driving, but not for minor offenses. They are prohibited from asking about the status of crime victims, witnesses and people requesting assistance." But OH NO. The Old Gray Lady reports that "Lawyers and advocates for immigrants say that they have received reports that some police departments, especially in rural areas, are routinely questioning immigrants who are not covered by the directive, including some who were simply passengers in cars pulled over for minor traffic offenses. These actions come dangerously close to racial and ethnic profiling." Shouldn't that be alleged actions? Anyway, it's enough for the NYT to call for New Jersey to "scale back police involvement in immigration enforcement." And yes, this is a car story.