Immigrants must carry papers

This is in response to the article (Jan. 26) about a proposed bill requiring immigrants to carry their alien registration papers.

The human rights activists would have us believe it is racial profiling to ask a possible or known immigrant to produce their alien registration papers upon applying for a Maine driver's license, welfare programs, or being stopped for motor vehicle infractions.

That's a proverbial crock.

For the past 100 years, it has been a federal law that immigrants must carry those papers with them at all times and present the same to authorities when requested to do so.

For generations, those who immigrated to this country with the honest intention of becoming real and productive citizens, with full allegiance to this country (such as my Japanese wife), never regarded being asked to produce them as profiling, whether it be their alien registration papers or their naturalization certificate, which most carry with them as proud proof of being a U.S. citizen after becoming one.

Could it be that the self-proclaimed political do-gooders so hellbent on removing common sense from the laws of the land and helping hasten the destruction of this country have foreign-sounding surnames and fear they might be asked to produce either an alien registration document or naturalization certificate and possess neither? Or not even an official birth certificate proving they were birthed in this country of natural-born U.S. citizen parents?

John R. Davis, South Paris

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All of us have to show proof of citizenship status when being hired--that's fine--it's a level playing field. The demand for someone to show their "papers" on the other hand, is arbitrary because it is left up to the person requesting the papers. What criteria are they using to decide who gets asked and who doesn't? That's where the racial profiling comes into play.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

if we don't begin to take

if we don't begin to take racial profiling seriously, we will not survive as a nation.
An Israeli airport security guard recently made a comparison between the inspection methods used in Israel vs. America. "In America", he said, "You look for weapons. In Israel, we look for terrorists".

Judith Abbott's picture

Immigrants must carry papers

If you are here in the U.S. legally there should be no problem with carrying your papers. If you cannot produce registration papers when you apply for a driver's license or for welfare assistance, than you don't need a drivers license of welfare assist. These are benefits afforded to legal residents not for illegal residents. If you see this as racial profiling, well, I guess thats just the way you see it.

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Like to admit it or not, we all carry our "papers" and must produce them when we asked by law enforcement, like I did a couple of wks a go when I was stopped for a taillight being out. It's called a drivers license. To get one of these, you must have already proved citizenship. This is a hollow excuse to claim bigotry or discrimination. I work with several foreign born folks and they all carry their "papers" with them and don't mind doing so.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

..."when did we become such a

..."when did we become such a mean spirited society?"....
September 11, 2001....the day that defined how all Americans would live for the rest of their lives.

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As much as I see the

As much as I see the illegal's drain on our tax dollars as a major problem, I also see a slight irony that we're wasting so much energy on confining native North Americans....again.

RONALD RIML's picture

What's a "Possible" Immigrant???

The line blurs.....

As a cop back in Illinois, it may have been very easy for me to mistake the patois of a Lewiston resident for a French Canadien, and demand one's papers - and you left them where????

Never mind we had the same names; Lezotte, Bouchard, LaMontagne, etc in that same town.

Jim Cyr's picture

Must carry papers

Mr. Breton, You are correct, there is no common sense in this proposal as the Federals already have it on the books that they MUST carry their "Papers". Like most of our ancestors, they probably had physicals like many millions at Ellis Island have. This is not discrimination. We must secure our borders from diseases as well as terrorist and other criminals wishing to do us harm. With over 20 million illegals in our country and growing everyday, how do you propose we control it? Look at California now going bankrupt when they are spending Billions and Billions on ILLEGALS alone! Is being a sanctuary State helping them?

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

White heterosexual, working

White heterosexual, working males are discriminated against all the time. They are the only remaining unprotected segment of our society. All other groups have special rights guaranteeing their protection. Gays, blacks, immigrants, etc. They are all granted special protections. When is a "hate crime" ever committed against a white heterosexual male? (The sound of crickets can be heard off in the distance).

AL PELLETIER's picture


Dan, good point but I have carried a certified copy of my birth certificate in my wallet for at least 40 years and still do, it's no big deal. My Dad and I frequently went into New Brunswick Canada to visit relatives. Showing a birth certificate to cross the border was far more convenient then the time and expense involved in getting a passport, as you need now.


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