Arizona soon to violate civil rights

What’s going on in Arizona is not the type of immigration reform this country needs.  The soon-to-be Arizona law, which passed the state House last week and is expected to be signed by Gov. Jan Brewer (R), states that police can arrest anyone on “reasonable suspicion” that they are an illegal immigrant.

This is flat out racial profiling and it’s wrong. So, what if my family decided to go to the Grand Canyon this summer, (which we sure as hell won’t. I’m not stepping foot in Arizona as long as these sorts of laws are being enforced), and let’s say my husband was just walking around like any other tourist. Just based on his skin color, accent and lack of “proof” to the contrary, they could arrest him because they suspect he’s an illegal immigrant? (He’s a U.S. Citizen by the way.) … How can that be allowed to happen anywhere in the United States? If a legal resident or U.S. Citizen is in fact arrested or detained due to this new law, I hope they sue their pantalones off.

Part of me hopes that immigrants, (both documented and undocumented as they both must now survive in a constant state of paranoia), living in Arizona will simply leave the state and move elsewhere. Maybe Arizona thinks that is what they want, but they will soon realize they have shot themselves in the foot as various industries begin to collapse.

A similar law was passed a few years ago in Prince William County, Virginia. A timely documentary called “9500 Liberty” is on limited release right now.  Some time soon it is supposed to premiere on cable television and will also be released on DVD. (In the meantime, watch the trailer below.)

Posted on April 19, 2010, in immigration, news, politics, racism, TV/movie and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. Its so ridiculous. They did huge raids in Georgia in small towns where many undocumented people were working and these towns are now ghost towns and there is no one eft to do the jobs they were doing, no one to eat the local eating places or rent the apartments, I think the population of one town in particular was hit by 60%.

    Here’s one thing I found covering it: http://www.workingimmigrants.com/2006/09/how_an_ice_raid_crippled_a_rur.html

    • Señora López

      @ K – It really ends up hurting local businesses, no matter what the race of the business owners. I guess Arizona would like to find out the hard way.

  2. Outrageous! What can we do to voice our concerns?

  3. (states that police can arrest anyone on “reasonable suspicion” that they are an illegal immigrant.)

    Good lord, what’s next – arresting a person on “reasonable suspicion” that they’re a robber? that they ran a red light? were speeding? Disgusting.

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