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FIRST ON 3: New Hanover commissioners pass resolution supporting AZ immigration law

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The hot-button issue of illegal immigration is heating up here at home. New Hanover County commissioners voted today to back Arizona's new immigration law. Commissioners voted 3-2 not only supporting Arizona's efforts, but also asking North Carolina's General Assembly to pass a bill identical to Arizona's.

Not every commissioner went along with it, though. Jonathan Barfield spoke out against the resolution saying it would lead to racial profiling.

"Having the ability to pull people over based on what they look like in my opinion is going down the wrong road," Barfield said. "I understand that it says for probable cause, but me being an African-American citizen here, I've been pulled over for driving while black."

Commission chair Jason Thompson also voted against the resolution. He's not opposed to Arizona's law. Thompson essentially wanted to adopt Arizona's law without mentioning Arizona by name.

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Barfield is an idiot

He should try READING the law. You specifically cannot pull people over based upon appearance.

Just like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton - long on mouth, short on brains; quick to condemn that which they can't take the time to comprehend.

Thank You

Well said, and completely true.

Thank you board of Commissioners!!!

Now we just have to laugh at the people who will BOYCOTT us because they want to STRONGARM us into not offending them.

You know what? If you aren't doing anything wrong or protecting someone who is, you have nothing to worry about!!!!

Very simple

Enforce Existing Laws

Racial profiling doesn't JUST include blacks Mr. Racecard Barfield. Let Jason Thompson drive White thru Creekwood at 2 am and see what happens if he's spotted by the cops or some of the thugs that hang out on the streets at all hours.

I would bet most anything that some of that drug cartel money has made it's way into the pockets of politicians and L.E.O. to do nothing. I'd also bet that the Mexican vote means a great deal to the people in power...

What's the matter Jason?...

Are you afraid of alienating a few voters?

"Commission chair Jason Thompson also voted against the resolution. He's not opposed to Arizona's law. Thompson essentially wanted to adopt Arizona's law without mentioning Arizona by name."

It would appear Barfield...

hasn't read the 19 pages of the Arizona law. If he had read it, it specifically prohibits racial profiling. The only way an officer can ask about the legality of citizenship is IF the officer has some other legal reason for questioning an individual such as speeding, etc.

Yes the AZ law does not

Yes the AZ law does not allow for racial profiling but you do realize that it will happen anyway. Even the law enforcement officers in AZ don't want the law...but since Barfield did read the law, I guess you are guilty of living with blinders on.

OOooK

Where do I begin? "Having the ability to pull people over based on what they look like in my opinion is going down the wrong road," That statement shows...you haven't even read the flipping bill. THIS ONE "I've been pulled over for driving while black." shows your a liar! I HIGHLY doubt this has ever TRULY happened IMHO...PLUS YOU don't have anything to worry about because your A CITIZEN! I like what was said in an interview the other day...basically it was a gotcha moment...IS the federal government going to go after sanctuary cities who are breaking federal LAW by helping/harboring illegal immigrants? The guy didn't have an answer...

The government SHOULD BANKRUPT...BANKRUPT ANYONE who helps, harbors or hires illegals...PERIOD...they should DO THEIR JOBS! THEY THEMSELVES should be brought up on charges for NOT upholding the law if they don't...I think EVEN CHURCHES should be bankrupted for helping/harboring illegals!

immigration law

thank you NH county. this is a step forward with trying to not let the people, who come to this area and dont wont to abide by our laws, get away with it. im sure commissioner Barfield also believes the owner of the cleveland cavaliers put lebron james's life in danger too!! hope everyone got that. if anyone with "common sense" looked at the bill. they would see that its not about pulling people over for the color of their skin. all its about is asking someone to show ID when there is an issue about them being here LEGALLY. if you have a issue with that, guess what?? YOU ARE PROBABLY DOING SOMETHING ILLEGAL. You know, kinda like when you travel to basically EVERY OTHER country in the WORLD. Seriously people. this stuff isnt that hard to understand.

Shameful

Every one of them that voted for this are racist bigots in my opinion!

maj

I think it was you that mentioned in a few posts about overseas traveling. Did you show your passport? OK.

Having traveled myself I am accustomed to showing my "papers" whenever asked and it is perfectly acceptable. I am a legal American citizen visiting that country. I have papers to prove my identity and my passport to show that I have permission to be there.

WHATS THE DIFFERENCE if these visitors to our country are asked for their ID or passports?? NO difference at all.

I was not born in the USA but I am a legal citizen so I have NO problem with anyone coming here to start a life. I have a problem with people that SNEAK in, do not pay their own way, work the system and break the laws. That should bother you too MAJ. Maybe when your car gets totaled (personal knowledge of this) and the person that hit you speaks no English, has no license or insurance you might change your mind.

I hope it wont come to that. :/

Another change needed

The law should be changed that if either parent of a newborn is here illegally the baby doesn't get American citizenship. That solves the problem of anchor babies.

This is what we would expect from you....

...WilmingtonMAJ, another uplifting comment to sling the racial card. While you are piddling with your pitifiul racist inciting comments, the remainder of America is focusing on getting the ILLEGAL aliens out of our country and AWAY from our economy and healthcare system. Do you have dreams that all of this just grows on trees for everyone to take for free? Haven't you learned anything about "free stuff" after first-hand witnessing of the president you voted in?

You total ignorance of what is happening in America is never less that amazing. Please...show us some more!

"...racist, bigots in my opinion!" There is only ONE person on the commission I would apply THAT label to!!! He made that perfectly clear with his ill-begotten, non-sensical statements. He did much more harm than good for his cause by simply speaking. Perhaps you are related.

PASS THE LAW PLEASE

Please pass this law omg! Send all the illegals back to where the came from! We dont want them here, we dont care about them.

All they due is cause nothing but problems, (the one who drove his car into the baskin robins). The list goes on!

I would love for this law to pass. Kick them out of our Country! We are much better without them. They come here to America want to live free, eat free and get paid to do nothing! Well guess what welcome to America you want to live here, you work, buy your food and PAY YOUR OWN TAXES.

AND YOU SPEAK OUR LANGUAGE ENGLISH THE GREAT AMERICAN LANGUAGE!

You are an ignorant! Just

You are an ignorant! Just for your information, this population works and work really hard so you can have fresh food in your table. Agriculture in the United States is dependent on an immigrant workforce. Three quartes of all crop workers working in American culture were born outside the US. If you think you can do this type of job that include using hand tools such as knives,shovels, etc working outside in all weather conditions (summertime 90+ weather) and is physically demanding requiring worker to stopp, lift and carry up to 50 lbs or more and getting paid 6.00 per hour or less, go ahead and keep hating people.

First

First of all, it was a DQ not Baskin Robins! Second, most of them work harder than most Americans do. They do the jobs that Americans whine and cry its to hard or its so hot outside or get this I don't get paid enough. Whine Whine!!!! Now I think if you are going to be here then go take the test and pay taxes. I don't care who you are, what you look like just pay your own way!

What jobs?

What exactly are those jobs that Americans "whine and cry about"?

Oh well that changes EVERYTHING

Bravo for pointing out the error. Surely we can all agree that hitting a DQ instead of a Baskin Robins changes EVERYTHING.

Seriously??!? THIS is point you choose FIRST? Thank you for pointing out to the rest of us that running into a Dairy Queen is clearly no big deal. It would only be a big deal if he had busted up 31 flavors, I suppose.

Mr. Barfield's comment

certainly creates confusion.

"...I've been pulled over for driving whiel black..."

Is he a chameleon that changes color?

If an officer pulled him over for a driving infraction, how would he be other than black? How did his color impact the Officer's decision to pull him over?

Here's just another attempt to throw out a racial card when all else fails?

Was any intelligent thought given before that statement was made?

Having asked those questions, perhaps other relevant questions would be addressed to Mr. Barfield -- Sir -- when and where were you pulled over? Were you issued a citation? What was the outcome of the citation, if issued?

Thanks for your response Mr. Barfield.

If I read the article correctly, it appears you stood alone in opposition to the premise behind the law.

At least Mr. Barfield's

At least Mr. Barfield's response was honest, reflective of his personal experiences. If you don't believe that cops pull over motorists for "driving while black", Sir, may I cordially suggest that you may be overdue for your eye exam.

Sir

I ask the same question I asked before. Since he is African American, how could he be other than black?

And rather than making broad general statements, why not get specific?

If memory serves me correctly, the City Council had an African American female member a few years back.

Every time she could not get her way, she pulled out the race card. Never had specifics. Just yell Race.

DWB

I think you know he means he was pulled over just because he was black not any other reason, and yes this councilwoman did more than pull the race card and she did have specifics as the other post refers too.

Come to think of it, I do

Come to think of it, I do remember an African American female city council member from some years ago.

Here: http://www.myreporter.com/?p=2721

In part:

"Moore, a councilwoman from 1991 until her defeat in 2005, filed her first federal lawsuit in 2003 against the City of Wilmington and others, claiming that her civil and constitutional rights were violated, and her arrest had been meant to destroy her stature as a black politician. In 2006, she asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear her case, and her petition was denied the following year after the court of appeals upheld the district court’s decision. Moore filed another federal lawsuit against the city in April 2006, only this time, she also turned her focus to members of the city’s Civil Service Commission. In June of that year, she filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit without prejudice. Moore has represented herself throughout her lawsuits.

Moore’s lawsuits stemmed from the night of Nov. 6, 2002. Then 62 years old, Moore went to a city council meeting and afterward, drove to Henry’s Restaurant on Independence Boulevard. There, city clerk Penelope Spicer-Sidberry and former public information officer, Douglas Hewett, met Moore, who ate buffalo wings and drank an orange vodka tonic, according to her second lawsuit.

When she left the restaurant and was about three miles away from her house, city police stopped her and arrested her for DWI. A magistrate judge approved the charge despite two breathalyzer tests that came up negative, according to the lawsuit. The two officers involved in her arrest were later disciplined. The officers appealed the decisions to the Civil Service Commission, which overturned the disciplinary actions that resulted in a demotion for one officer and termination for the other."

Looks like a DWB pop to me.... Two tests, she blew zeros and is still charged?

I'm sure she was innocent

After all, it's not like she went nuts and ran her huge mouth about profiling when her daughter was ticketed for driving the wrong way down a one way street, was it?

No, she's a model citizen and probably did nothing wrong at that traffic stop.

Then she should have been

Then she should have been charges with disorderly conduct, not a fabricated DWI...

Face it, Moore was harassed and got PO'ed about it.

And if you focus on the highlights

her court actions against various government and judicial bodies were consistently thrown out of court. Both initial actions and appeals when she did not get her way.

In this case she was within 3 miles of her home. She testified she had one drink. But at her age, if she was on medication for blood sugar control or diabetes, that may heve been enough to merit the charge. Plus her driving could have been eratic from cell phone use.

Monday morning quarterbacking is easy and I conceded that.

On the other hand, the 2 Officers who were disciplined had those actions overturned and their records were cleared.

So, what conclusion would any reasonably thinking person draw from this scenario?

Other drugs

You can be charged with DWI and blow a 0.0 You could be on drugs, both legal as well as illegal.

Hmm..

MAYBE...just MAYBE YOUR overdue for a new deck of cards to play!

Wrong

No, we don't pull people for driving while black. We pull people over for committing crimes. Nice try with the race card to excuse criminal behavior. Fail.

DWB

I GOT A DWW ONE TIME. DRIVEING WHILE WHITE.... I WAS IN A BAD PART OF TOWN IN FAYETTIVILLE NC.IT WAS A KNOWN CRACK NEIGHBOR HOOD.. I HAD A GUY THAT LIVED THEIR THAT WORKED FOR THE SAME BOSS I DID. DOING CONSTRUCTION ON FORT BRAGG 82ND BARRICKS. AND HE PULLED ME BECAUSE HE THOUGHT I WAS THEIR TO BY CRACK. JUST BECAUSE I LOOKED OUT OF PLACE THEIR.
NO BIG DEAL THOUGH THEY SEARCHED MY CAR . FOUND NOTHEN. BECAUSE I DONT MESS WITH THAT CRAP. AND I HAD MY DRIVER I.D
BUT STILL I LOOKED OUT OF PLACE. HELL I CAN UNDERSTAND THAT. WY CANT THE REST OF YOU. WY USE THE RACE CARD.
I GUESS ALL MEX DO LOOK OUT OF PLACE WHEN IN THE 80S WE HAD MABE 5 TO EVERY HOUNDRED. NOW WE HAVE 30 TO EVERY HOUNDRED. SO YES CHECK THEM ALL. THEY LOOK OUT OF PLACE.

Support AZ!

This is a great idea! I support this 100% Way to go!