by Max Brantley
The Arizona governor has signed the nation's meanest anti-immigrant law.
The law, which opponents and critics alike said was the broadest and strictest immigration measure in the country in generations, would make the failure to carry immigration documents a crime. It would also give the police broad power to detain anyone suspected of being in the country illegally. Opponents have decried it as an open invitation for harassment and discrimination against Hispanics regardless of their citizenship status.
Perhaps the next step will be native purity documents for everyone. And maybe brightly colored emblems sewn on the clothing of those who can't demonstrate proper roots.