On April of this year the Arizona Governor signed the State Bill 1070(SB1070) that gives law enforcement officers the authority to stop and check anyone’s immigration status based simply on “reasonable suspicion” that individuals are in the country without proper documentation. If a person does not immediately present documents proving that she or he is legally in the US, she or he may be criminally prosecuted, jailed and turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement for deportation.
Starting, tomorrow July 29, 2010 the State Bill 1070 will be implemented all across Arizona and racial profiling will be legitimized. Many working families will be separated and torn apart. Our brothers and sisters will suffer persecutions in a land that supposedly is free. Imagine yourself; going to work in the morning without a driver license because you are not eligible to get one, you are praying that no law enforcement will stop you on your way to work. However, you are also conscious that it could probably be the last day you see your children if you are deported. But you do not have another option but to go to work in order to feed and pay the bills for your family. At work you are discriminated and treated as an animal due to your appearance or your accent. Thousands of families across the country are living under the shadows; this is not how we want people to live. In my perspective, I would love to see every family be part of the community I live in and be able to share their abilities and qualities and be part of the Identity of America.
Enforcing our current severely dysfunctional system will bring only more dysfunction. In fact, our failed enforcement policies offer glaring evidence that more enforcement is not the solution. The passage of SB 1070 represents nothing less than hatred against the Hispanic community, not just in Arizona, but nationwide. The legislation will inevitably increase racial profiling and other forms of discrimination against Latinos and others perceived to be “foreign.”
About an hour ago, U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton from Phoenix, Arizona blocked part of the State Bill 1070. The Judge ruled that the state bill 1070 is a violation of the Supremacy Clause which gives the Federal Government control over State Government and it is not in the public interest for Arizona to enforce preempted laws. The injunction would apply to the portion of the state law that requires police to try to determine the immigration status of a person they arrest, stop or detain while enforcing other laws if they reasonably suspect the person is in the United States illegally. This is a great step forward however; we need to continue our struggle to stop such racist laws.
As a member of my community here in the beautiful State of North Carolina, we will join thousands of people across the country to make our voices heard, against the Arizona’s Law (SB 1070) and other such laws within our state. We still need your support , Please come and join us Tomorrow “From AZ to NC: March for Immigrant Justice” will start at 5 PM at Nash Square in Downtown Raleigh (W. Martin & S. Dawson St) and we will then march to the NC State Capitol for a rally.
Please wear WHITE!
It’s time to take back the American story and American values by enacting true immigration reform.