For those who do not know…the state of Arizona has passed anti-immigration laws, which are aimed to identify, prosecute and deport illegal immigrants in that state. President Obama has spoken out against it, the NAACP has spoken out against it, and of course, Mexican-Americans are speaking out against it. But is Governor Jan Brewer (Republican) and the state of Arizona doing the right thing by finally taking a stand against illegal immigration in the state?
When I first read this story, I was very excited to hear that somebody had finally made a move towards curbing illegal immigrants and illegal immigration. As a Texas resident, I am surrounded daily, no matter where I go, by a lot of Mexican-Americans. I know this next statement might sound a little racist but, I am actually rather annoyed by hearing Spanish everywhere I go. I feel like I am in Mexico sometimes with all the Spanish I hear in stores, at gas stations, etc. There’s just SO many Mexican-Americans in North Texas for sure and I just wonder where they all come from and if they are all here in the United States legally or not, especially since I live in a border state where illegal immigration is a problem. I don’t mean to be prejudice or racially profile, but I guess that sometimes I do. So back to the Arizona law,
I personally think that it is good that somebody is finally enforcing the laws of this country. Illegal immigrants should be deported back to their home country. If they want to live and work here, there are ways to legally do that. An illegal act is an illegal act: stealing, selling crack, crossing the border illegally… I don’t understand why it is such a big issue that Arizona wants to say to it’s illegal immigrants, “you are not supposed to be here, and it is our duty as law enforcement officials in this state to send you back to the country that you are a citizen of”.
With the new laws in Arizona, which go into effect on July 29, if a hispanic person is pulled over in a routine traffic stop, the police will have the authority to ask him/her to see their “papers” proving that they are a legal US citizen. As a Black-American, I have to say that I do not believe that this is right. That is like a cop stopping a black man or woman for speeding and saying “I need to check your car for marijuana because you’re black and all black people sell or use marijuana”. It’s racial profiling, plain and simple. It’s saying, that since you are Mexican-American then you’re not a US citizen until you prove that you are. That’s not right.
So although I am definitely an advocate for having stricter laws against illegal immigrants in the United States, I do not believe that Arizona is doing the right thing with this law. Even though it is a step towards solving the problem, it is a step in the wrong direction. Theoretically, Governor Brewer’s idea makes sense, but come on now: this is America, that’s not going to fly.
I applaud her for her efforts to make things right in Arizona but, bad idea Jan and Arizona legislature.