Oh. Once the DMN Found Out Cops Were Racially Profiling During Traffic Stops, *Study* Is Discontinued.Somervell County Salon-Glen Rose, Rainbow, Nemo, Glass....Texas


 

Oh. Once the DMN Found Out Cops Were Racially Profiling During Traffic Stops, *Study* Is Discontinued.
 


13 August 2007 at 4:44:45 PM
salon

Funny how that works. DPS Cops illegally stop cars and ask for social security numbers and *Your Papers Please* immigration papers... until DMN does a FOIA and finds out they're doing it.

The Department of Public Safety has for two years been quietly tracking how often state troopers come into contact with illegal immigrants. But after receiving questions from The Dallas Morning News, the agency said the study would be discontinued.

Critics allege that some troopers were requiring Hispanic drivers and passengers to show Social Security numbers or immigration papers during traffic stops to gather data for the study.

The Highway Patrol Division began keeping its informal statewide tallies in June 2005, just as the immigration issue boiled over nationally. The regional reports were compiled, totaled and turned over to the Highway Patrol chief each month.

Immigration advocates say they don't see how the DPS could have gathered the information legally. Under Texas law, sworn officers with no special immigration training have no authority to make arrests for civil immigration violations. Being an illegal immigrant is not itself a criminal act. Instead, most illegal immigrants are guilty of a federal civil offense known as "unlawful presence."

State troopers either violated the law by asking about immigration status, "which they're not supposed to be doing, or they're racially profiling based on the way somebody looks," said Luis Figueroa, a San Antonio attorney with the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

The original intent of the study was to get an idea of the state's immigration situation, according to the DPS. The reports have not been publicized and were discovered through an open records request by the News.

Um. Since when have cops become the INS?


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