Law enforcement officers can identify illegal immigrants by their clothes, accents and "grooming" habits, Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) said Monday night.
Defending Arizona's immigration law, King said "profiling has always been an important component of legitimate law enforcement. If you can't profile someone, you can't use those common sense indicators that are before your very eyes."
As for how law enforcement officers should identify potential illegal aliens, King described some "common sense indicators":
Those common sense indicators are all kinds of things, from what kind of clothes people wear — my suit, in my case — what kind of shoes people wear, what kind of accent they have, um, the, the type of grooming that they might have, there are all kinds of indicators there and sometimes it's just a sixth sense and they can't put their finger on it. But these law enforcement officers, if they were going to be discriminating against people on the sole basis of race, singling people out, that'd be going on already.
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