Monday, December 22, 2008

Sam Sneed Sez: Show Me Your Papers

Sam Sneed of Bella Vista holds himself out as something of an expert on immigration law, having published numerous letters to the editor of the Benton County Daily Record on the subject. It is, in fact, a topic with which he seems to be obsessed, even more so than the average Republican politician in Northwest Arkansas.

Sneed claims he knows how to deal with "these people." He says that "any child born in the U. S. A. of Mexican parents should be a Mexican," and "it’s past time for the U. S. A. to rescind the law that a baby born here is a citizen." It is not just a "law," Sam; it is the 14th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. Sneed sounds like he would be equally enthusiastic about repealing that, along with the Bill of Rights.

Remember that fatal bus accident in eastern Arkansas last November? It caused Sam Sneed to express heartfelt concern, concern that "several of the bus passengers didn’t have driver’s licenses or documentation that provided their names, ages and addresses. I ask you, why do people not carry identification when they are away from their homes? What are they attempting to hide? I say, 'People who have nothing to hide, hide nothing!'"

Today, Sneed calls for some full-frontal racial profiling, saying the police should be "stopping people who are obviously not Caucasian ... to rid our area of illegal drugs, illegal ID making, etc." He advises us that "it has become time that we ignore their pleas of 'racial profiling' in stopping people and making them show some kind of ID. Anyone old enough to be on the streets after 7 p.m. should be required to show IDs when asked."

Is this a great country, or what?

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