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What exactly is "reckless disregard" according to the law? Does it include "stop, don't tell me, I don't want to know"? Does it include sticking your fingers in your ears and singing "la la la" real loud to drown out the information that we don't want to hear? How much would it take to convince a jury that a "reasonable individual" should have figured out that the patron was (according to the law) in active commission of a felony, namely, being in the country illegally? Certainly, Bookworm547 is right -- just because someone is asking those questions doesn't mean they are an alien. However, not all patrons will be sophisticated enough to come to us with a "my friend has this problem" kind of inquiry. What happens if they slip up?

I think the critical point of the law is the "knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that such a person is an alien" may be the protection for the librarian. Unless the law is designed to force us into "profiling" our patrons. Just because someone asks the aforementioned questions does not mean that they are an alien.

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