Arizona Governor Jan Brewer just signed the controversial bill that would require the police to ask people about their immigration status if officers have any reason to suspect they are in the country illegally. The signing of the bill represents a tragic day for Arizonans and for this country, but could mark the beginning of a fierce and necessary battle to overhaul the country’s immigration laws.
Disgusted with this bill? Let Congress know!
In an effort to try and appeal to the reasonable elements of the Arizona electorate, President Obama blasted the bill as a threat to “undermine basic notions of fairness that we cherish as Americans, as well as the trust between police and our communities that is so crucial to keeping us safe.”
The bill now makes the failure to carry immigration documents a crime, and gives the police broad power to detain anyone suspected of being in the country illegally. It is an offensive, racist bill and to suggest otherwise is laughable. Does anyone really think the bill is targeted at anyone other than Latinos? Give me a break.
This is not the first time the bill has been brought up. Janet Napolitano had vetoed similar measures before being tapped to head the Department of Homeland Security by President Obama.
If a sliver of hope can be found through all this racism and hatred it is that the issue is likely to energize Latino voters, Democrats, and further fracture a destabilizing Republican base. This should push immigration reform to the forefront and once and for all expose the current Republican leadership as supporting a fascist law akin to those enacted by the Nazis. This includes Sentator McCain who, in his ever-lurching desperate movement to the right, endorsed the bill a few days ago. No longer can reasonable Republicans claim their party has not been taken over by the racist fringe.
Call on Congress to overhaul an immigration system that is unfair and failing all of us.
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