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    Posted June 26, 2012 by
    VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia
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    Immigration: How does it affect you?

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    Racial Profiling in Arizona

    My former wife who died of cancer was born in Barstow, California. Her biologic father was a Marine from Texas El-Paso who abandoned her mother at birth. She may have Mexican and Cherokee roots; she does not know. Anyway, we lived in Yuma, Arizona on the California-Arizona border. Yuma has only a small hospital. My wife had many ailments including diabetes, asthma, and later cancer - which she died of. On the way to the big hospital in Loma Linda, California, she was stopped by border patrol because of the color of her skin. She was detained until the border patrol agent could verify her original birth certificate via telephone to a nurse at the hospital where my wife was born in Apple Valley, California. It was 120F, and my wife was sick. She had a valid driver's license, and she was driving our family car. There was not traffic citation, only an immigration check. I heard the Arizona State official express incredulity that people would question his state which has the best federally trained border patrol agents in the country. He refused to respond to a reporter's racial profiling question. Does it happen often? Of course it does. What good is a Supreme Court ruling that contradicts itself? You have to show your papers but do not have to carry your ID card. What kind of law is that?
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