Saturday, April 24, 2010

Arizona Governor Signs Immigration Law, with Racial Profiling Language

I was a stranger and you did not take me in.
-Jesus Christ

     Why is it that if laws are passed protecting LGBT persons from discrimination in the workplace or at the marriage altar, conservative Christians claim that it is the Christians that are being discriminated against, but if conservative Christians pass a law that requires police in Arizona to detain people who look like illegal immigrants (i.e. people of color or who look like Muslim terrorists) that is called a protection of people's rights and a "matter of safety"?

     Gov. Jan Brewer of Arizona signed the nation’s toughest bill on illegal immigration into law on Friday. Its aim is to identify, prosecute and deport illegal immigrants.
     Hispanics, in particular, who were not long ago courted by the Republican Party as a swing voting bloc, railed against the law as a recipe for racial and ethnic profiling. “Governor Brewer caved to the radical fringe,” a statement by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund said, predicting that the law would create “a spiral of pervasive fear, community distrust, increased crime and costly litigation, with nationwide repercussions.” While police demands of documents are common on subways, highways and in public places in some countries, including France, Arizona is the first state to demand that immigrants meet federal requirements to carry identity documents legitimizing their presence on American soil.
     And we're back in the U.S.S.R., courtesy of the Republican/Tea Party that calls President Obama and the democrats Socialist Commies.
     Ms. Brewer acknowledged critics’ concerns, saying she would work to ensure that the police have proper training to carry out the law. But she sided with arguments by the law’s sponsors that it provides an indispensable tool for the police in a border state that is a leading magnet of illegal immigration. She said racial profiling would not be tolerated, adding, “We have to trust our law enforcement.”
     Even before she signed the bill at an afternoon news conference here, President Obama strongly criticized it.  Speaking at a naturalization ceremony for 24 active-duty service members in the Rose Garden, he called for a federal overhaul of immigration laws, which Congressional leaders signaled they were preparing to take up soon, to avoid “irresponsibility by others.” The Arizona law, he added, threatened “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."
     Senator John McCain is busy searching for the next right wing issue that he can use to campaign against his former self.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Unborn babies are human too. I love how you claim others are hypocrites when you are yourself protect the same group of people (homosexuals) who infested our Church and molested young boys. How dare you refuse to expose these pedophiles as homosexuals when you of all people know that they are!