Thursday, July 26, 2007

A Question about "Racial Profiling"

Drudge linked to an article in Yahoo! News about pressure being put on Maricopa Country, Arizona Sheriff Arpaio to end a phone hotline for reporting information about illegal immigrants. Latino "leaders" anf "faith-based" groups are angry, saying such a hotline is an exercise in "Racial Profiling".

PHOENIX - Latino leaders and faith-based organizations want Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio to disconnect the hotline he created for people to report information about undocumented immigrants, saying it raises the chance of racial profiling.

But Arpaio said Wednesday that he won't disconnect the hotline and stressed that deputies would investigate people only if authorities had probable cause.

The hotline began last Friday and has received about 300 messages, which include tips about family and friends, employment, day laborers, drop houses and crank calls.

Arpaio said officials are analyzing the tips and officials have not acted on any of the calls.

"There's nothing unconstitutional about putting up a hotline," Arpaio said, pointing out that U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement have similar hotlines.

Here's where my question comes in ...

Isn't "Racial Profiling" when you profile someone solely on the basis of race when no crime is, in fact, taking place? Since when did "Racial Profiling" come to encompass reporting law-breakers who happen to be primarily, but not exclusively, members of a particular ethnic group?

Has "Racial Profiling" become yet another ruse employed by Leftwing groups to eliminate not just courses of action available to law enforcement, but discussion of of issues where race has a a subordinate role?

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