EDITOR'S NOTE: This is an open letter to the governor of Arizona. Dear Gov. Jan Brewer, against common sense and the American values of fair play, you signed the anti-illegal immigrant legislation passed by your state politicians who prey on the weak for political gain (illegal immigrants don't vote!). The Arizona legislation making it a crime to be an illegal immigrant in the state is reprehensible, as it reminds one of the Supreme Court's Jim Crow decision in the 19th century.
It is a slippery slope when we let police officers arrest an individual over "reasonable suspicion" that a person is in the U.S. illegally and, when asked, cannot produce papers showing legal status. This is racial profiling at its worst.
The police unions don't want this power, but the chiefs and sheriffs who are up for re-election this year in Arizona promote this shameful legislation along with politicians. Even Sen. John McCain has succumbed to this extremism because he is up for reelection.