Thursday, April 29, 2010

Thoughts on Arizona's Immigration Law

Martin Escobar argues in his complaint that, in his experience, there is no way "race neutral" criteria can be utilized to determine if someone he encounters in his daily routine is in this country illegally. The new law requires officers to determine the status of anyone they come into "lawful" contact with during their day.
Martin Escobar is a Hispanic Police officer in Arizona.

New York Mayor Bloomberg echoed the sentiments of many, including tea party favorite Marco Rubio, former Bush adviser Karl Rove and President Obama, who worry the law could lead to racial discrimination and harassment. While speaking at the Citizen Now! phone bank yesterday, he said, "We have to get real about the 12 million undocumented here. We're not going to deport them. Give them permanent status. Don't make them citizens unless they can qualify, but give them permanent status and let's get on with this." He also tweeted in both English and Spanish yesterday to call the Citizen Now! hotline for confidential help with immigration issues.

In a city where immigrants hold jobs in nearly every sector (not just construction), Bloomberg wants reform to provide incentive for skilled workers to come to the U.S. He said, "We don't have doctors, and we're not allowing people who want to come here and be doctors to come here. This is just craziness." However, he also said if Arizona happens to be the only state to adopt the policy, the bill could actually be good for New York "because people will come here. We make sure that we protect everybody." And they'll never even have to eat salt again!

End of quotes: I wonder what we are coming to if people believe it's ok to have a law that is could lead to such blatant racial profiling. When there is no way I would be asked to show my legal status because of the color of my skin, but some of my friends would be required to makes my heart ache. The truth is much of the work force in the U.S. is Hispanic. Our economy would fail without the people who are here to work. What everyone does agree on is that reform is needed. Let's work a solution QUICKLY that will stop Arizona and other states from enacted racist laws. President Obama needs to step up the process.

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