Arizona wants the feds to get serious about controlling illegal immigration. The feds say that they don't need Arizona to confuse the situation with a "patchwork" of conflicting laws regarding the requirements to show identification.
This is Texas. This is the feds. And, this is a USAF officer, on active duty, crossing the border at a border checkpoint, not in the middle of the Sonoran desert at mid-night. He answers questions, shows a military ID card identifying himself as a commissioned officer and finally presents both a personal and a government passport.
He has prepared for this encounter because of a routine of such harrassment at this location by installing video cameras in his vehicle.
Can you say Gestapo? Jack-booted storm troopers? Out-of-control thugs? I knew that you could.