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May 2, 2012 at 4:00 PM

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Immigration reform on the move

Asking for ID is not profiling

In response to a column in Saturday’s Times about profiling by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, combined with the U.S. Supreme Court deliberating the legality of Arizona’s immigration law, we should look at a better solution. [“Immigration reform on the move,” Opinion, April 28.]

It should not be against the law for an officer to ask for proof of citizenship during a routine traffic stop. This proof of citizenship should not be restricted to a passport, birth certificate, etc., but rather it should be a driver’s license or ID card that is issued to the person by the U.S. and/or states that have verified citizenship of the bearer.

The U.S. Border Patrol should not be entitled to set up random road blocks to check for illegal immigrants without cause either. It seems simple to me: Either you use a government-certified proof of citizenship or risk deportation. End of discussion. Simply verifying a person’s identity and legal status during a traffic stop is not profiling! It is upholding the laws of our country.

— Jeff Keller, North Bend


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