As anti-immigrant hysteria sweeps the US, more and more states are passing laws similar to Arizona’s draconian SB1070. This law requires the local police force to ask for US identification and proof of legal residence if they have any reason to interact with you. In hubby’s case, in the absence of proof of lawful presence in the US would require the police to report him to Homeland Security for immediate removal to an Immigrant Detention Center. How ironic that he could be arrested and detained by immigration authorities in the town he was born and raised in.
Now obviously we can produce a US passport for him, but immigration authorities will still incarcerate him pending presentation of that document.
It is only a matter of time before all states have passed their own form of SB1070 and more and more US citizens and legal immigrants will be detained.
For the first time hubby felt like an outsider in the town where he was born and raised.