In 1952, a Democratic president signed a bill into law stating, “Every alien, 18 years of age and over, shall at all times carry with him and have in his personal possession any certificate of alien registration or alien registration receipt card issued to him.”

In 2010, the state of Arizona stated their support for that law.

The Arizona law states that given reasonable cause by a law enforcement officer, identification showing that a person is legally allowed to be in the United States must be produced. By executive order of the Arizona governor, race cannot be used as reasonable cause. Since passing that law, Arizona government officials and anyone who supports the law have been labeled as being racist, compared to the Gestapo or have had many other names flung at them.

I believe that supporters of the law in Arizona are not anti-immigrant, as many have said, but rather anti-illegal immigrant. There is a major difference. I have zero issues with immigrants here in this country legally, but those people here illegally should be shipped back to their country of origin in the vast majority of the cases.

Wayne Riddle, Lewiston