Opponents of Arizona’s anti-illegal immigration law are calling for a boycott on Arizona Iced Tea. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer is unlikely intimidated.

For one, her approval rating has improved 16-points among likely Arizona voters since she signed Arizona Immigration Law SB1070. For two, Arizona Ice Tea is brewed in New York.

Darn it. That’s tricky.

As the New York Daily News reported, those wanting to boycott Arizona Iced Tea are a bit “misguided.”

“Dear Arizona: If you don’t change your immigration policy, I will have to stop drinking your enjoyable brand of iced tea,” Twittered Jody Beth in Los Angeles.

“It is the drink of fascists,” wrote Travis Nichols in Chicago.

Oh dear. What did Shakespeare say? What’s in a name? Obviously not necessarily the location of the products manufacturing plant which was founded in Brooklyn in 1992.

The NY Daily News article, however, made a blunder while reporting about a blunder. They either didn’t bother reading the actual bill before reporting on it or purposefully misrepresented it.

The new state law allows cops to demand citizenship papers from anyone they think looks illegal.

Actually, it specifically does not allow that. This is what the law states, look for the phrase “lawful contact”:

For any lawful contact made by a law enforcement official or a law enforcement agency of this state or a county, city, town or other political subdivision of this state where reasonable suspicion exists that the person is an alien who is unlawfully present in the United States, a reasonable attempt shall be made, when practicable, to determine the immigration status of the person.

In other words, if you are caught in the commission of breaking a law, you will be required to show some form of state-issued identification like a driver’s license. So don’t break the law. If you do, be prepared to show some identification or be deported if you are here illegally.

Via Capital Hill, Byron York does a fabulous job of explaining the law, which is being widely misrepresented in the mainstream media, like here, here, or here.

Critics have focused on the term “reasonable suspicion” to suggest that the law would give police the power to pick anyone out of a crowd for any reason and force them to prove they are in the U.S. legally. Some foresee mass civil rights violations targeting Hispanics.

What fewer people have noticed is the phrase “lawful contact,” which defines what must be going on before police even think about checking immigration status. “That means the officer is already engaged in some detention of an individual because he’s violated some other law,” says Kris Kobach, a University of Missouri Kansas City Law School professor who helped draft the measure. “The most likely context where this law would come into play is a traffic stop.”

That’s it. Show a valid I.D. when you are stopped for speeding or detained for breaking other laws and you are assumed to be here legally. Wow, that’s so excessive. As a natural-born citizen, I’m never asked to show my I.D…um…wait…

Is having to produce a driver’s license too burdensome? These days, natural-born U.S. citizens, and everybody else, too, are required to show a driver’s license to get on an airplane, to check into a hotel, even to purchase some over-the-counter allergy medicines. If it’s a burden, it’s a burden on everyone.

Or to order a drink. Fascism everywhere!

Obama sees the law as “poorly conceived” and worries about ice cream runs:

“Now suddenly if you don’t have your papers, and you took your kid out to get ice cream, you’re going to get harassed — that’s something that could potentially happen,” Obama said of the Arizona measure. “That’s not the right way to go.”

He’s right. That could conceivably or “potentially” happen, like if you were demanding to try all 31 flavors while waving a loaded gun around. Then cops would want to see your papers, what we here in the non-Nazi Germany world call “I.D.”.

As Amy Ridenour at the National Center for Public Policy Research points out, Obama’s rhetoric doesn’t match his actions. Shocker. Checking a suspect’s fingerprints at a normal arrest is part of the federal government’s Secure Communities Program, a program Obama’s 2010 budget expands.

And since this is about Arizona, Arizona residents want immigration laws enforced. Despite Arizona Iced Tea drinkers threatening to go Lipton or go home, Arizona voters believe they have the right to protect themselves and their families against fiscal collapse and safety threats since 70% supported Arizona Immigration Law SB1070 and 56% approve of Gov. Jan Brewer, up 16-points since she signed the bill into law.