Justice: No Profiling Concerns in Arizona

In oral arguments before the Supreme Court, the solicitor general was asked whether the federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Arizona immigration law was based on racial profiling. The answer was a surprise to many since much of the hype against the law had been profiling-based.

In fact, at the Supreme Court on Wednesday, Chief Justice John Roberts began the case by greeting the Solicitor General Donald Verrilli (and the rest of the country) with: "No part of your argument has to do with racial or ethnic profiling, does it?" To which the lawyer responded, "We're not making any allegation about racial or ethnic profiling in this case."

 

Despite the admission by the Obama administration lawyer, lefties like immigration law professor Bill Ong Hing from the University of San Francisco aren't backing down.

We should not be left to object to anti-immigrant state laws, ICE raids, border enforcement, and even criminal alien enforcement solely in non-racial terms. Understanding these operations from an institutionalized racial perspective provide another basis for arguing that our system of immigration laws and enforcement policies must be overhauled in order to address the menacing vestiges of racism within that system.