FOR ANY LAWFUL CONTACT MADE BY A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIAL OR AGENCY OF THIS STATE OR A COUNTY, CITY, TOWN OR OTHER POLITICAL SUBDIVISION OF THIS STATE WHERE REASONABLE SUSPICION EXISTS THAT THE PERSON IS AN ALIEN WHO IS UNLAWFULLY PRESENT IN THE UNITED STATES, A REASONABLE ATTEMPT SHALL BE MADE, WHEN PRACTICABLE, TO DETERMINE THE IMMIGRATION STATUS OF THE PERSON.
Do you have a legal definition for "reasonable suspicion"? Where in the language of this section does it say that local cop can't have a "reasonable" suspicion that a man is an illegal just because of his skin color or manner of speaking? What is to keep local cops from harassing Hispanic citizens by asking them several times a day, every day, for their papers?
That is what I have been talking about. Not whether or not a citizen can be arrested, but whether or not they can be harassed for their papers.
You have failed to provide any evidence that this law will not lead to many American's 14th amendment rights being trampled into the dirt.
My opinion is that the people who support this law simply don't know what it actually says. They just assume that an officer has to have reason to arrest someone before they can ask for their papers. That isn't how the law reads. It says that local cops only need a reasonable suspicion that someone is an illegal to demand their papers and it doesn't outline what "reasonable suspicion" is.