The nazification of the United States has begun. Miami-Dade is going to start jailing suspected illegal immigrants without a warrant.
Here's the problem: if I get picked up by the police and they suspect me of being in the country illegally, how am I supposed to prove them wrong? I'm a citizen, so I don't have a green card. I happen to have a passport because I do a lot of international travel, but I don't carry it around with me; it's too bulky. And not all citizens have passports. The only identification I carry with me regularly is a drivers license, and because I'm from California that does not prove I'm in the country legally.
Of course, I'm pretty sure no one is going to suspect me of being an illegal immigrant, because I'm a white guy and I drive a nice car and I don't go to the disreputable parts of town. But my civil liberties should not depend on such things. I should be just as confident of not being deprived of life or liberty without due process of law even if my skin is brown and I speak with an accent and I drive a ratty truck and my name is Juan. But you can be pretty sure that the detention cells are not going to be full of white people, they're going to be full of brown people. That is the problem.
Locking people up simply because they can't prove they're in the country legally whenever a cop demands it is a clear violation of the fourteenth amendment, which says in part, "... nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws." Note well that is says, "person", not "citizen."
Look, I get the frustration that people have with illegal immigration. It sucks when you follow the rules and you see people cutting in line. But locking people up without warrants is not the right answer. A lot of things are easier in a police state. But the United States is not supposed to be about what is easy, it's supposed to be about what is right. And this ain't right.