Racism and Hatred in Arizona

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We the undersigned urge you, President Barack Obama and the US Congress, to interject in the situation occurring in Arizona, in regards to Senate Bill 1070. This bill will only set us back after years of long hard fought civil rights. America has seen many dark shadows in its history but, we, as a nation, have strived to continuously right our wrongs. This radical bill undermines the rights of every United States citizen and the fabric of the American constitution.

Senate Bill 1070 states that it makes it a crime under Arizona law to be in the country illegally. It also gives Arizona police the power to stop and verify the immigration status of anyone they suspect of being illegal. Has having brown skin become the new Scarlett letter? Moreover, this bill would also grant citizens of Arizona the right to sue the police for not enforcing the law. Police officers will be forced to break the law by racially profiling or break the law for not racially profiling. Further, what right does the state of Arizona have to pass immigration laws? According to Karl Manheim of Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, ?States have no power to pass immigration laws because it?s an attribute of foreign affairs. Just as states can?t have their own foreign policies or enter into treaties, they can?t have their own immigration laws either.?

The events occurring in Arizona today are reminiscent of the horrors that took place during the Holocaust. In the inception of the Nazi takeover in Germany, many ignored Hitler?s threats and when finally it was time to take the appropriate action against him, millions of Jews or simply for looking Jewish lost their lives. If we do not take the appropriate measures now, we fear that those who have no respect for our country?s history will condemn the rest of us who do to repeat past injustices.

Although many of the undersigned are not residents of Arizona, we all stand firm with our brothers and sisters of that state. We thank you for your time and hope that you can stop the hatred brewing in our country.