No seriously. What’s the deal with Arizona these days?
I think the state as a whole has lost it’s marbles. Signing into law one of the most strict and racially insensitive pieces of legislation in recent history, the state of Arizona has seen it’s fair share of international turmoil – turmoil that has been building for about a month; since Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed the bill into law. Reminiscent of the Jim Crow Era, when blacks and whites breathed, ate, slept, and played in totally separate spaces, the new immigration law would make the failure to carry the appropriate paperwork identifying yourself as a naturalized citizen of the US a bona-fide crime. Authorities have the power to then detain any and everyone that fails to have such documentation and even those who they suspect of being illegal aliens.
Mexico’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement that it was worried about the rights of its citizens and relations with Arizona. Cardinal Roger M. Mahony of Los Angeles said the authorities’ ability to demand documents was like “Nazism.”
Supported by 7 out of 10 Arizonians who believe the law will further improve the econimic status of their state (blank stare), the new immugration law is basically a call to the harassment of citizens of this country who weren’t necessarily born here. The law is taking it’s tole on the state, and the country as a whole with bitter disputes between lawmakers and Arizona inhabitants that believe it is within their lawful rights to create such a racially charged law, and with the Mexico President Felipe Calderon chiming in during his address to Congress this week.
“Immigrants only do the work that Americans will not do,” says Martin Botero, a pollster at the University of Antioquia in Medellin and has several family members in Connecticut, many of whom first arrived in the US illegally. “The law is unfair, and the federal law in general needs to be reformed.”
I wonder if it ever occurred to Arizona lawmakers, and those 7 out of 10 people, that not just Arizona, but basically all of America has been and will continue to be built on the backs of those who have been considered aliens in this country. I’m not talking about just Hispanics either, I’m talking about the Irish, the African and African American, the Polish, Dutch, and Asian inhabitants of America who have done the jobs we see beneath us, and continue to do them for little to no money just because this place is pegged the Land of Milk and Honey. I think as ordinary people we forget to imagine how monumental it can be to move your entire life to a foreign country in pursuit of a dream. These people shouldn’t be ignored, and they shouldn’t have to suffer the embarrassment and fear of being harassed by the people of this country.
Once again: What’s the deal with Arizona?
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