This afternoon the Governor of Arizona signed the anti-immigration bill, the last hurdle to it becoming law in the state.
Earlier Mike Huckabee said, on Fox News no less, that this law will instigate a plethora of lawsuits that will cost Arizona dearly. He also reiterated that control of the border is a Federal prerogative and no southern border state has the resources to do this.
Later in the interview, Huckabee added that “Hispanic Americans have the right to be unhappy about the fact that they might be pulled over.” “If I were being pulled over because I looked a certain way, I would be highly offended,”
I discussed the obvious discriminatory flaws in the law in a previous post but a couple points should be emphasized. Firstly the law gives any individual the right to sue the local authorities if they feel not enough is being done to enforce the law. You can guarantee that within a few months every municipality in Arizona will be sued by some Wingnut who thinks that enforcement is too lax. Secondly the law also criminalized any legal resident if they are in the company of an illegal immigrant whether they have proper documentation on them or not.
I've always had a grudging respect for Huckabee, who despite his strong social conservatism sticks to his principles.