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Re: Re: Re: Linda Chavez’s Mistake?

Just to recap. I pointed out that Linda took a provision of the human-smuggling section out of context without letting her readers know it appeared in that section. She ignored that point in a reply that made another contention that also appears mistaken. I pointed that out in a reply to her reply, and she ignored the post entirely. Now, she’s on to misreading another provision. Pace Chavez, “law enforcement official or agency” means a law enforcement official or a law enforcement agency, not any agency of the state, etc. That seems pretty plain, but to ACLU-proof the statute, the Arizona legislature has made it even more obvious. If I’m not mistaken, this is the amended version that’s on its way to Gov. Brewer’s desk right now:

For any lawful contact STOP, DETENTION OR ARREST made by a law enforcement official or a law enforcement agency of this state or a law enforcement official or a law enforcement agency of a county, city, town or other political subdivision of this state IN THE ENFORCEMENT OF ANY OTHER LAW OR ORDINANCE OF A COUNTY, CITY OR TOWN OR THIS STATE where reasonable suspicion exists that the person is an alien who AND is unlawfully present in the United States, a reasonable attempt shall be made, when practicable, to determine the immigration status of the person, except if the determination may hinder or obstruct an investigation.

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