Linda Greenhouse: Arizona Is A 'Police State,' 'I'm Not Going Back'

Linda Greenhouse: Arizona Is A 'Police State,' 'I'm Not Going Back'

New York Times reporter Linda Greenhouse, who won the Pulitzer Prize for her Supreme Court coverage, has written a seething op-ed condemning the immigration law recently signed in Arizona.

Greenhouse "isn't known for writing provocative opinion pieces," notes Steve Benen. She's clearly outraged now, however.

I'm not going back to Arizona as long as it remains a police state, which is what the appalling anti-immigrant bill that Gov. Jan Brewer signed into law last week has turned it into.

What would Arizona's revered libertarian icon, Barry Goldwater, say about a law that requires the police to demand proof of legal residency from any person with whom they have made "any lawful contact" and about whom they have "reasonable suspicion" that "the person is an alien who is unlawfully present in the United States?" Wasn't the system of internal passports one of the most distasteful features of life in the Soviet Union and apartheid-era South Africa?

You can read the full piece, titled "Breathing While Undocumented," here.

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