The writer of the May 15 letter "Illegal acts of faith," about the new anti-illegal alien law in Arizona, says, "This law allows any person to be stopped by police if there is reasonable suspicion of being undocumented." This is untrue. The law allows local law enforcement, when there is probable cause like a traffic stop, to determine whether someone is here legally.
Federal law is very clear - if you are here on a visa, you must have your papers on you at all times. That is the law here and in every foreign country that I have visited. In Arizona all you need to show that you are a legal citizen is a driver's license, DMV identification card, Native American card or a military ID. This is what you need to vote, get a hunting license, etc. So nothing new has been added to this law.
I was pulled over recently by the local police and lo and behold, he asked me for identification! Which I am required to carry with me if I'm to legally drive an automobile. The nerve!