How long before a right wingnut politician in Missouri jumps on the Arizona Senate Bill 1070 [pdf] bandwagon? Not very.
Reporter Sloane Heller at KSHB-TV in Kansas City is reporting this morning that Representative Mark Parkinson (r) is intent on filing legislation similar to Arizona’s Senate Bill 1070, requiring individuals provide proof of citizenship to law enforcement based on “reasonable suspicion.”
[Kobach]…professor here at UMKC actually helped write the law in Arizona. So, uh, it’s possible, we don’t know, that he could actually help state Representative Mark Parkinson out of St. Charles. Now we talked to Parkinson’s aide yesterday. He gave us some new information about Parkinson’s plan for reform on immigration. Right now Parkinson is backing a bill that would make it a felony to transport illegal immigrants. What he wants to do, he wants to substitute that bill and create one that matches Arizona’s new law. Of course that law gives police the ability to ask for documentation if they suspect somebody is here illegally. Now Parkinson is hoping, uh, to introduce his new bill before the session ends. Uh, critics, of course, have been coming out and talking, the last couple of weeks, saying that this new law in Arizona encourages racial profiling…
If Mark Parkinson (r) has his way Missouri law enforcement officials will have to add B-movie dialog to their repertoire.
In an earlier report Heller also stated that this would be offered as a substitute for HB 2449. HB 2449, in its current form:
HB 2449 Creates various crimes for trafficking, concealing, haboring, sheltering, or transporting illegal aliens
Sponsor: Parkinson, Mark A. (16) Proposed Effective Date: 08/28/2010
CoSponsor: Jones, Timothy W. (89) ……….etal. LR Number: 5481L.02I
Last Action: 04/20/2010 – Referred: International Trade and Immigration (H)
Next Hearing: INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND IMMIGRATION
Date: Wednesday, 04/28/2010 Time: 5:00p.m. or upon afternoon adjournment
Location: Hearing Room 7
Executive session may follow.
Calendar: Bill currently not on a calendar
….The measure was proposed on April 1, and is the only bill proposed this year that deals directly with the criminal enforcement of illegal immigration.
The sponsor, State Rep. Mark Parkinson, R-St. Charles, said the bill has “nothing to do with Arizona,” and called it an “economic issue.” He cited the state’s unemployment figures, which were at 9.5 percent in March, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Mr. Parkinson said the bill would protect undocumented workers from exploitation by employers, and would assert the state’s stance against federal immigration reform, which has yet to be proposed.
“This is going to send a message to the White House,” Mr. Parkinson said. “Missourians don’t want amnesty….”
“…he [Parkinson] wants to substitute that bill and create one that matches Arizona’s new law…”
“…nothing to do with Arizona…” Really. Which side of your mouth did that come out of?
And what does the Sheriff of Pima County, Arizona (which is on the state’s southern border with Mexico) think of the law?:
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) – Pima County’s top lawman says he has no intention of enforcing Arizona’s controversial crackdown on illegal immigration. Sheriff Clarence Dupnik calls SB 1070 “racist,” “disgusting,” and “unnecessary.”
Speaking Tuesday morning with KGUN9’s Steve Nunez, Dupnik made it clear that while he will not comply with the provisions of the new law, nor will he let illegal immigrants go free. “We’re going to keep doing what we’ve been doing all along,” Dupnik said. “We’re going to stop and detain these people for the Border Patrol.”
The sheriff acknowledged that this course of action could get him hauled into court. SB 1070 allows citizens to sue any law enforcement official who doesn’t comply with the law. But Dupnik told Nunez that SB 1070 would force his deputies to adopt racial profiling as an enforcement tactic, which Dupnik says could also get him sued. “So we’re kind of in a damned if we do, damned if we don’t situation. It’s just a stupid law.”
Dupnik had harsh words for anyone who thinks SB 1070 will not lead to racial profiling. “If I tell my people to go out and look for A, B, and C, they’re going to do it. They’ll find some flimsy excuse like a tail light that’s not working as a basis for a stop, which is a bunch of baloney.”
Remember, Pima County is on the border with Mexico.
So, how long before teabaggers flood town halls screaming about a ‘police state’. [sound of crickets]