From the L.A. Times:
“There seems to be a movement to defining anybody who’s here in the United States unlawfully as a criminal per se,” said Los Angeles immigration lawyer Alan Diamante, former president of the Mexican American Bar Assn. “A lot of these folks don’t have any crimes other than the fact that they’re here unlawfully. I see these people as innocent.”
P.S. The linked article discusses the Outrageous Civil Rights Violation of taking DNA from “[i]mmigration detainees and others arrested for federal crimes,” instead of only those convicted. The article, predictably for the L.A. Times, gives prominent voice to the cries of “critics” like the guy quoted above.
But did you know that everybody gets fingerprinted when they’re booked after arrest — conviction or no? Why is this so different?