It's not like no one saw this coming. Sen. Chuck Schumer grilled the bill's author Russel Pearce during a hearing on SB 1070 concerning the plausability of infants being required to show legal ID to evade arrest based on the language of this law this April.
Sen. Schumer: “So you think under this law, children, to prevent themselves from being sent to a detention center or whatever, would have to carry some kind of ID?”
R.Pearce: “I understand trying to make a point, but, Mr. Chairman, it’s just not accurate. It’s just not so.”
Sen. Schumer: “Does the law say anywhere that children don’t have to be checked when they are stopped in a car in a situation? I understand that the law says the opposite.”
R. Pearce: “This makes exceptions to law enforcement; you know to make reasonable decisions based on the circumstances at the time. I think it’s demeaning to law enforcement to assume they don’t know how to do their job in a respectful proper manner.”
Sen. Schumer called on text from Section 3-B of the law and said SB 1070 “doesn’t list any exceptions at all.” Adding that all children could be checked and should be checked.
DIY GOVT. - Care2Action sent out this action alert to advocate signed protest against child arrests under the roundup identity laws in Arizona.
*Special thanks to Freedom's Phoenix in Arizona