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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