Arizona Governor signs Immigration Bill
Before I even start, although I am 100% hispanic, I do hope that the title does not offend any current, past, or future Arizonians (mostly Point Blanch) but I wanted to appeal with pathos due to the hard fought emotion that I am facing.
Today, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed new immigration reform in her state that requires police to be able to question people if they entered the United States illegally if they suspect that they are illegal immigrants. This law requires immigrant aliens to carry identification at all times and allow police to investigate places of suspicion such as day laborer sites and places of work in which illegal immigrants are working.
Democrats, hispanics such as neighboring New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, and President Obama are describing the bill as unnecessary, but Obama states that "the bill is 'misguided' but said the federal government must act on the immigration issue".
Republicans state that the bill is necessary to tackle an issue that needs to be addressed but haven't been implemented to a full scale yet. One of its leading sponsors, state Sen. Russell Pearce, said this week, "Illegal is not a race; it's a crime." He also said: "We're going to take the handcuffs off of law enforcement. We're going to put them on the bad guy,". In addition, fellow Republican state Sen. Frank Antenori said the biggest reason he supported the bill was because a rancher in one of the counties he represents was murdered by someone who crossed the U.S. border with Mexico illegally. He said the person of interest in the killing had crossed the border numerous times and cited other similar violent crimes.
Personally as a Democrat, and a hispanic, I completely disagree with this bill both with the low effect that this will cause to resolve the immigration issue in America as well as cause racial profiling for all American Hispanics and Hispanic Immigrants who are completely legal. This bill to me has just caused an ever deepening concern that illegal immigration is now just a stereotype for hispanics in America and that now this will just cause assumptions that all Hispanics in Arizona are illegals. Illegal immigration is an issue that eventually needs to be resolved due to the high numbers and my personal arrogance as a Puerto Rican hispanic (all my family are de facto US Citizens) but by knowing a lot of illegal immigrant hispanics and seeing these stories about reform and discrimination there is just no contest to this that this bill just has to go.
So, any remarks, thoughts, anger?
To include in this article is another supplemental thread about immigration reform from our fellow member racer
Immigration Reform Next!
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