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ACLU alleges Tucson police unconstitutionally detain immigrants

After reviewing more than a year's worth of Tucson police records, the ACLU said that officers were prolonging traffic stops to investigate drivers' immigration status by holding them until Border Patrol agents arrive, violating the civil rights of immigrants and the department's own policies.

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May 3, 2016, 12:37 pm
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Undocumented immigrants are not eligible to obtain a valid driver’s license. I know this from personal experience as a documented alien whose drivers license applications were denied whenever I didn’t have the exact visa documentation with me to extend my license. So with that in mind, any undocumented alien who is pulled over by a cop is driving without a license, which is an offense that justified arrest. It is therefore not clear to me how any of this could possibly be “unconstitutional.” Do we seriously expect and condone officers to let drivers who by definition have no valid drivers license off the hook after they pull them over?

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