Show me your papersHysterical or not, the Times is absolutely right about this:
Who's Jeremiah Heaton? Until this week, you might not have been able to answer that unless you live in the 9th Congressional District and happened to bump up against the independent candidate at some event.
After reading the news story yesterday about Heaton's Gestapo-like, show-me-your-papers tactic executed on road workers, you might be just as glad not to know him. Heaton pulled a stupid publicity stunt that should cost him the little bit of support and few votes he had. [link]
Armed with a video camera, Heaton confronted men working along Interstate 81 near Marion. "Do you guys have an ID that says you're here legally? Because I think you're supposed to have it," he tells them.Well, that would be my guess. They looked like Mexicans, therefore they needed to be carded. Or so it would seem. Which should scare the crap out of George Bush's sister-in-law.
Wrong. Workers have to provide proper identification to their employers, but they don't have to pull out their wallets on demand to just anyone.
Besides, what makes Heaton think they are here illegally? Because they look different than most people in the 9th District?
Anyway, Jeremiah Heaton should have anticipated this kind of blowback from the left when he went out looking for dark-skinned people to interrogate. With really nothing positive to show for the effort. Another reason why he's not ready for prime time.