I just signed an urgent appeal to Governor Janet Brewer and urged her to veto an anti-immigrant law that would legalize racial profiling in the State of Arizona against Latina/os and others who police suspect to be immigrants.
The law would authorize officers to pull over, question, and detain anyone if they have a “reasonable suspicion” to believe they are in this country without proper documentation. Not only will this create a police state for immigrants — it will essentially legalize racial profiling.
This bill is heading to the Governor’s desk and is expected to be signed into law as soon as today. This is a moment for all of us to stand with the people of Arizona against this injustice.Can you join me in telling Arizona Governor Jan Brewer to veto this bill?
Ok now for my own words on this. I’m sorry but this bill is not the right way to handle illegal immigration in our country. We are all human beings and should be treated as such. Most illegal immigrants here are good people simply trying to better their families, believe me I’ve met, worked, and befriended many of them when I was in San Diego. While we can’t allow a free for all for anyone who wants to come here illegally, we need to find ways to help the ones that are here and have already established their lives to become citizens instead of throwing them out.
Besides, there are much bigger problems out there for police to be spending their time on rather than stopping any random latino/a. Get the real criminals off the streets.
UNTIL NEXT TIME…