The Common Good

SCOTUS Arizona Immigration Law Decision: Who Wins? (Pt. 1)

Date: July 2, 2012

On April 17, 2012, I sat in Dirksen Senate Office Building Room 226 where the Senate Judiciary Committee was holding its first hearing on racial profiling since before the attacks of September 11, 2001. In the wake of the Trayvon Martin case, multiple elected officials, police chiefs, professors, and legal experts testified. As if from inside an echo chamber, one expert after another reinforced lived experience with proven statistical data: Not only does racial, ethnic, and religious profiling violate the civil rights of U.S. citizens, but this kind of profiling also makes law enforcement less (not more) effective.