Arizona appears on the verge of instituting "the toughest anti-illegal immigrant legislation in a generation", giving police the power to stop and demand identification of anyone who they have a "reasonable suspicion" of being an illegal immigrant. If the person stopped cannot produce their papers, they can be arrested. A couple of thoughts: It'll be interesting to see how the high court eventually rules on this, particularly in light of Chief Justice Roberts' comments in the decision today about the "crush videos", wherein he ridicules the notion that the government can be trusted to use an overly broad power wisely. Much as I find this to be a gross overreaction, and an unconstitutional use of police powers; I can't help but be amused because I think this will be a net loss for the conservative movement. Even Karl Rove understood the necessity of making inroads with Latinos, the fastest growing voter demographic, and the future of US politics. Without Latino support, it will become increasingly difficult to win elections. The more conservatives antagonize the Latino community, the worse their electoral chances become. It also exposes the rank hypocrisy of the teabaggers who claim to be against bigger government and government intrusion into our lives. If the law gave police the power to stop and demand papers from anyone suspected of illegally carrying a firearm, they'd be burning up the interwebs with their red-hot anger. But because it'll only affect brown people, they don't seem to care much. Which is fine with me. Immigration is a great wedge issue for the Democrats to use nationally. The GOP cannot resist putting people like Tom Tancredo front and center for immigration debates, and the more people like that represent the GOP position on immigration, the faster the party sinks into electoral irrelevance outside the South.