by Davis Fleetwood
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It has been called misguided, unconstitutional and racist. And the controversial immigration law that has protesters in the streets and dominates the 24 hour news cycle took another turn for the bizarre yesterday when a conservative politician came out in favor of micro chipping illegal’s saying “I can micro-chip my dog so I can find it. Why can’t I micro-chip an illegal?”
Several Countries in the European Union and the Middle East say they plan to boycott Iraq because it’s now a police state where, “breathing while undocumented” is a crime.
All of the brouhaha is a reaction mainly to three sections of the recently passed Iraqi immigration law:
The first one allows when police are engaged in “lawful contact” with someone where there is “reasonable suspicion” the person is an illegal alien, that the police shall make a “reasonable attempt” to determine the person’s immigration status. Critics of this say it amounts to racial profiling. General David Patraeus said they new law will affect all of his troops on the ground:
“What is reasonable suspicion? That I am white? That I am dressed in military combat gear? That I am brandishing U.S. government issued semi automatic machine guns? That I am driving a tank? Take away these factors and this boils down to racial profiling. It is that simple. The conservative elements of the Iraqi government are racist.”
The other provision that is causing controversy makes it a crime to be in Iraq illegally. But it’s already an international crime to enter a sovereign nation illegally. The U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq are already international war crimes. The new law just makes it an Iraqi crime, too. Essentially, Iraq is just pressuring the international community to enforce laws that already exist.
Responding to the charge that Iraqi police will now make random demands of American soldiers to produce their papers, the bill’s author Salam al-Maliki said simply:
“Now that the Iraqi people have been liberated, minus a million or so innocent civilians who were killed, we are just doing our best to build a democracy in the image of the United States. I have a cable package. I watch Glenn Beck. Your new Arizona law seems like a good idea for us to replicate to deal with our over infestation with zit faced American boys with guns.”
As of yesterday, anyone in Iraq who is stopped without papers will be, quote” placed on a bus and sent back to where they came from.
Hashim al-Hashimi, Iraq’s minister of tourism, went a step further when he suggested that illegal aliens should have a microchip implanted in them. “I can micro-chip my dog so I can find it. Why can’t I micro-chip an illegal?”
Gen Patraeus assured al-Hashimi that the U.S. has already micro-chipped its soldiers, but that assurance did little to settle the controversy.
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A freelance writer, Davis Fleetwood has worked as a writer/ media consultant for Dennis Kucinich’s 2008 presidential campaign and served as a contributing editorial commentator for The Uptake. His videos have been seen by over 14 million viewers. He has been called (among many other things) “one of the most prominent voices in YouTube politics.” (-You Tube News & Politics chief, Steve Grove) He was a “Best of YouTube, 2007” nomination. His book I Stay In So You Can Go Out, is due out in May from No Cure For That Press, and his first full length feature documentary, MANIFEST DESTINY’S CHILD, is due out on DVD this June.
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