Celebrities Care, Too: Shakira Is Not A Fan Of Arizona’s Law

Most people typically associate Shakira’s voice with catchy, chart-topping pop hits — but now the Colombian singer is using her voice to speak out against Arizona’s new immigration law.

Shakira may not be a U.S. citizen, but in a recent visit to Phoenix, she asserted that she is “a person and Latina who believes in equal opportunities and who believes that this country has values that I have always admired and defended.

Shakira pointed out that under the new law, she could be detained. “I’m here pretty much undocumented,” she said, referencing the fact that she did not have her driver’s license on her person.

However, the pop star was more concerned with the negative repercussions of a law that could set up daunting situations for both legal and illegal immigrants:

I just met with some families and women who have been subjected to domestic violence, and they are so concerned,” the singer said. “They’re going to live in fear to call the police or to report a crime that has been inflicted to them. They’re trying to protect their kids and their own families from abusers. and now they’re going to have to protect themselves from the government.

Latina or not, Shakira believes the law is about human rights. “I’m in opposition to this law because it is a violation of human and civil rights. It goes against all human dignity, against the principles of most Americans I know.

Shakira is not the only celebrity to speak out against the new law; she joins the ranks of Ricky Martin, Danny Glover and Gloria Estefan (among others) to oppose the bill. You can speak out, too, by signing this petition: Racial Profiling? Not In My America!

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118 comments

LMj Sunshine

Thank you for article.

LMj Sunshine

Thank you for article.

LMj Sunshine

Thank you for article.

JULIE C.
JULIE C.5 years ago

It's great to be a sympathizer & feel for those who truly deserve your sympathy, but-again-people are not educating themselves on the REAL issues & the FACTS.
For yet another view, watch these video's taken by a News Station in Atlanta, Georgia who actually came to AZ & spoke to Border Patrol agents & LEARNED THE TRUTH for himself: It's not just the "o,so, sorry po' Mexicans" we're worried about!
Proven Fact: KNOWN TERRORIST GROUPS are going to S. America to learn how to Act, Speak & behave like those 'Po Mexicans' you're heart is bleeding for & crossing our Southern Borders because they've found them to be such an easy target & so loosely protected.
Watch the Video's, GET THE FACTS & stop the bleeding-heart act until you KNOW the TRUTH. It's easy to be a bleeding heart when you aren't educating yourself...but speaking out one too many times while remaining uninformed only makes all the erroneous opinions too obvious.

"According to the Border Patrol the public is being mislead as to WHO is coming into the US from Mexico. Known terrorist groups are training in S.America to LOOK, ACT & SPEAK like Mexicans so they can cross Our Poorly protected Southern Borders!!!"

THIS IS THE TRUTH as reported by WSBTV in Atlanta.

Video 1 http://www.wsbtv.com/video/23438021/index.html

Video 2 http://www.wsbtv.com/video/23438712/index.html

Inez Deborah Altar

she is right these people can be in an awful trap

Beverly G.

Im a law abiding citizen. If I wasnt I would be jailed. Why should it different for others breaking the law?

Roisin S.
Roisin S.5 years ago

It's like living in a police state but seriously most people carry some form of id on them at all times. It is racist however that they seem to be concentrating on Latinos

Julia W.
Julia W.5 years ago

This law is a terrible thing. This is not how I want my government that acts in my stead to be.

Marilyn D.
5 years ago

Glenna Jones-kachtik...in response to your question about a Canadian or a Mexican and who would they ask for ID........if they were both committing a crime they would both be asked even if the white one that looked like a Canadian was really an American.

ANYONE committing a crime is asked for ID! It's that way now! When you get stopped for an illegal right turn, you get asked for your driver's license.
If you're robbing a store, they cuff you and read you your rights...then eventually you have to provide ID.

So what's the problem here and why is it so hard to comprehend?

Marilyn D.
5 years ago

Glenna: you say:'I doubt seriously that Shakira was walking around AZ without papers.'

It wouldn't matter if she does, as long as she is not committing an obvious crime!
People are not going to be stopped for being dark. They are going to be stopped for breaking a law, and THEN asked for proof of legal residency.

This law isn't even in effect yet....so why is everyone whining about it? You have no idea as to whether or not there will even be a problem with it.
It might work so smoothly that other states will adopt it.
It's going to be monitored by EVERYONE.