I have lived in Latin America for over 25 years. I love the Latin people! I love the language! I love the culture! I especially love the cuisine. I have a Latin daughter in law whom I love as a daughter. I have a Mexican brother in law, and I even love him! My husband has a Mexican uncle and Mexican cousins. We love them too!
I say all this in hopes that you will not accuse me of racism. I have been a victim of racism and racial profiling. I have watched as my children were prejudiced against because of their color and race by their fellow citizens. My husband was even detained and held on a military base for not carrying his documents as he crossed a state line. He should have had his documents with him but being an American he was not accustomed to needing to carry his papers. Any Latin would have known better and my husband never left home without his papers again! My house was once painted with graffiti because of my color!
Every Latin American country requires its CITIZENS to carry their identification documents upon their person at all times. Any law officer can request any citizen to show their ID at any time. No suspicious conduct is required before the asking of these papers.
The reason for this is obvious. DUH! All Latin Americans are of the same race and look alike! How is a Mexican police officer going to be able to know which Hispanic is a citizen of Mexico and which is a Guatemalan? How can a Venezuelan guarding the border of Colombia know which Latin is a Venezuelan citizen and which is Colombian? It would not be possible for a Paraguayan law officer to know which person is a lawful citizen of Paraguay and which might be an illegal Bolivian. They are all the same race, speak the same language, share a common culture. The only way to prove citizenship is with documentation and no suspicious or illegal conduct needs to be committed before requiring the person to prove their nationality. Not only does the law officer have the authority to do this, he has the responsibly to do this in order to maintain the rule of law of his nation.
In the USA we have a great diversity of race among our citizenry, and yet, in Arizona a police officer is now to be considered a racist if he asks someone to prove their legal status in this country when under REASONABLE SUSPICION!
If it is not racist for the Mexican police officer to asks for documentation of all citizens in Mexico, why is it racist for the American police officer expect all people, no matter their race, to be able show legal documentation in Arizona when they have already given reason for suspicion?
I reiterate! I am not a racist! I love Latins Americans, but I also honor the law, whether it be the law of the United States, Mexico, Venezuela or Paraguay. Two years ago, when I legally immigrated to the country of Paraguay, I had to swear in front of an immigration officer to obey and uphold the laws of this land. And I will honor their laws as long as I live here. If the day comes when I can not obey all of their laws, I will leave.
“The end of law is not to abolish or restrain, but to preserve and enlarge freedom. For in all the states of created beings capable of law, where there is no law, there is no freedom. ~ John Locke