No absolute proof

Written by Susan Mannella on .

Regarding the new Arizona law requiring brown-skinned people to prove their legal status: People like letter writer A. Cuda ("Misguided Boycott," May 5) seem to believe that this is no different than you and I having to produce a driver's license when pulled over. In fact, it would be comparable to you and I having to prove beyond a doubt that we are citizens of the United States.

The only way we could do this would be to carry a copy of our birth certificate at all times. Actually, if the policeman is a birther who doesn't accept the copy of President Barack Obama's certificate as being legitimate, we would have to carry our original one. This might be difficult indeed, requiring us to go to the hospital of our birth (mine would be on Coronado Island in California), have our footprints taken and compared to those on our birth certificate, and then be given the certified original (if that's even possible) to carry at all times.

I trust the above scenario is absurd. However, if a policeman stopped you on the street tomorrow and demanded absolute proof that you are a legal citizen of the United States, could you produce it? Not one of us could, I think, and I hope that not one of us wants to live in a country in which this could happen. Yet, for the Hispanic-Americans of Arizona, it already has.

Mount Washington

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