by The Opportunity Agenda, Thu May 06, 2010 at 12:38:20 PM EDT
Criticized that the new immigration law would lead to racial profiling, the Arizona state legislature moved to change some of the laws phrasing, as reported by Andrea Nill over at Think Progress' Wonk Room.
One of those changes replaces the phrase “lawful contact” with “lawful stop, detention or arrest” to “apparently clarify that officers don’t need to question a victim or witness about their legal status.” However, the legislature also implemented a third change that some call “frightening.” As part of the amended bill, a police officer responding to city ordinance violations would also be required to determine the immigration status of an individual they have reasonable suspicion of being an undocumented immigrant.
What this ends up doing, however, is just expanding the net of whom can be interrogated. In an e-mail obtained by The Wonk Room written by a group responsible for writing the bill: