See no profiling, hear no profiling

Published By: 
The Economist
Published Date: 
2010, April 24
Article Excerpt: 

What might give an Arizona public servant "reasonable suspicion" that a dark-skinned landscaping worker with limited English and a pronounced Mexican accent were in the United States illegally, as opposed to, say, a light-skinned journalist with an American accent like me? Primarily three factors: skin colour, accent and social status. It seems extremely unlikely that Arizona agencies will begin asking everyone they encounter to produce a passport or proof of American citizenship.