Papers Please

North Carolina lawmakers are continuing their march to become the crazy-capital of the nation.

After proposing the establishment of an official state religion and voting to require criminal background checks for welfare recipients, state legislators are now considering a bill that would implement Kris Kobach’s “Papers Please” anti-immigration law and create special identification for immigrants.

Under the bill, H.B. 786, police can check the immigration status of anyone they stop or arrest and detain them for “reasonable suspicion.” The bill also makes it easier for police to seize immigrants’ vehicles. Furthermore, it would require a detained undocumented immigrant to pay the costs of his or her arrest, while making bail more difficult.

The bill does provide driver’s permits to undocumented immigrants if they lived in the state for one year. However, these licenses follow the controversial design North Carolina attempted to issue to DREAMers, which mark them from the rest of the state’s population: Undocumented immigrants would receive a vertical license, instead of the standard horizontal one, and they would carry a thumbprint.

How about a gold star?

The idea that we should detain people who seem suspicious — which lets be honest means their skin is brown — and then make them pay for their own arrest strikes me as a form of state-sanctioned extortion of the most vulnerable persons among us who have no recourse.

The bill’s proponents believe they would be throwing immigrants a bone by allowing them to obtain a drivers license, but this would be a specially-designed license that includes a thumbprint, alerting everyone it’s shown to that they are speaking to an immigrant. Whether it’s a bartender or a grocery store clerk requesting your ID so you can buy cold medicine, they would know right away who they are dealing with.

This is un-American.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/darryl.frye.9 Darryl Frye

    one more step toward Nazism.

  • http://drangedinaz.wordpress.com/ IrishGrrrl

    I thought that the states couldn’t create a “separate class” of people that way….wasn’t it ruled unconstitutional when they tried something similar in AZ? As if the vertical DL would pass the Legal Smell test. Why not just sew a Scarlet I on their chests and get it over with.

    • muselet

      Good lord, woman, don’t give them ideas!

      –alopecia

      • http://drangedinaz.wordpress.com/ IrishGrrrl

        Don’t kid yourself, they’ve already bought the cloth and have contracted out the sewing to a company that hires, you guessed it, illegal immigrants at next to nothing wages. Capitalism and bigotry all mixed together….a heady brew to be sure. ;)

        • muselet

          *sigh*

          You’re probably right.

          –alopecia

  • Zen Diesel

    Memo to self, adding North Carolina to my list of states that I wish would just leave the union.

  • Victor_the_Crab

    North Carolina would have a fight on its hands with other like minded states if it wishes to be the crazy-capital of the nation.

  • trgahan

    The state level race for the most restrictive abortion laws, brutal immigration laws, weakest safety net, and least corporate responsibility continues…and progressives are supposed to be demographically winning er something?!?
    This passes and it is going to be hard to get those second (and third) homes and investment properties on the Outter Banks built, maintained, and cleaned.

    • http://phydeauxpseaks.blogspot.com Bob Rutledge

      The Outer Banks will soon be underwater anyway, but thanks to a law from last year (before the Great NCGOP Rampant Idiocy of 2013 began), it’s illegal to collect data to show that.

  • joseph2004

    Lawlessness is “un American” as well. Your post goes way out of the way to erase the distinction between someone being here legally and someone not being here legally. Instead, right on cue, you make it about skin color.
    Funny how being here illegally means the US is supposed to treat you as if you don’t exist (ie., can’t give you a public ID because it’s sub human or like-unto-Nazis or something), but gun owners are all supposed to be publically registered so they can be publically smeared by the press and others as pro-killing children.
    Ashby, continuing to fail up I see.

    • http://phydeauxpseaks.blogspot.com Bob Rutledge

      Joseph, you are an unmitigated pile of shit, you know that?

      • Victor_the_Crab

        Wanna bet he doesn’t know?

    • Victor_the_Crab

      Do curl yourself up into a ball, stick your head up your ass, and go bowling, joey imbecile.