I don't think any law enforcement agencies in the America are going to start rounding up people based on their race because of the illegal immigration or terrorist problem. It's good to debate even the appearance of racial profiling, but racial profiling isn't our problem, so spending an inordinate amount of time with racial profiling is a waste of energy when fundamental problems need to be resolved.
I'm not singling out Conor Friedersdorf -- his just happened to be the last blog I read. The problem is that hardly anyone, especially the federal government, is coming up with any fundamental solutions. The illegal immigration problem from Mexico is a real problem for real people, some who have a lot to lose, even their lives as the violence and drug wars escalate.
One fundamental solution is to legalize marijuana. In 2010, there's no excuse to not legalize marijuana. I don't smoke pot, but plenty of people do and it's practically legalized now as far us use goes, so now we just need to legalize the selling side. The drug wars are senseless and they need to be ended.
Another fundamental solution is to make immigration much easier, remove the red tape, develope work programs, etc. Then build the fence as best we can, because it doesn't seem that Mexico is going to cooperate wih us to solve the problem.
One of the fundamental solutions which is out of our hands is that Mexico needs to embrace free market principles. We can put a lot of pressure on Mexico to do this, but as long as we're fighting against free market prinicples here at home, it might be a little hypocritical.