April 19, 2010

If you go to Arizona, carry your U.S. Passport, do not listen to ethnic music, do not talk to anyone if you have an accent, and do not wear "un-American" clothing!

 Arizona is out of control and mandates racial profiling!

Stay out of this state unless you have a current U.S. Passport on you, you do not have an accent, you wear only American clothing (whatever this is - jeans, T-shirt and baseball cap?! oh wait, all of these are made in foreign countries!). Oh, and do not listen to ethnic music or be too tan, you could be mistaken for being illegally in the U.S.!

Arizona Republicans Make A Mistake of “Prop. 187” Proportions

Washington, DC – The Arizona State House of Representatives just voted in favor of Draconian legislation that declares open season on immigrants and Latinos in the state.  If signed into law by the governor, S.B. 1070 – the so-called “Safe Neighborhoods” bill -- would make every undocumented worker in Arizona guilty of a criminal offense and require state and local police to go after them.  Supporters of the legislation have cited clothing, music or an accent as details that should prompt a criminal investigation—a suggestion that should send chills through the entire population, not just Latinos, for its blatant endorsement of profiling by appearance instead of behavior.

According to Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice:
"Arizona Republicans have just made a mistake of ‘Proposition 187’ proportions, by voting along party lines to support a piece of legislation that treats every immigrant and Latino in Arizona like a common criminal and does nothing to fix our broken immigration system.  The Governor must veto this irresponsible legislation that will undermine community policing, cost millions for Arizona to defend in the courts, and take us further away from the goal of a rational, controlled, and smart immigration system."

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