Tell Gov. Jan Brewer: Stand up for civil rights and veto SB 1070
Our friends at the United Farm Workers alerted us to a chilling new Arizona law that has been passed by the legislature and will soon land on the desk of Gov. Jan Brewer for her signature.
If signed into law, the bill would create a unique and frightening police state within Arizona's borders. A state where anyone who forgets to carry identification or papers proving immigration status could be picked up by police. A state where someone who appears to be a Latino or speaks English with an accent will be at constant risk of being stopped and interrogated by police.
As Alessandra Soler Meetze, president of the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona, says, "A lot of U.S. citizens are going to be swept up in the application of this law for something as simple as having an accent and leaving their wallet at home."
And its not just the Arizona ACLU and civil rights groups that are raising the alarm. The Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police opposes the bill because it will deter immigrants who are witnesses to crimes from coming forward and helping police.
Not only does the bill make it a misdemeanor not to carry proper immigration paperwork in Arizona. It would also require police officers to demand verification of immigration status whenever they have "reasonable suspicion" that someone is undocumented. Under current state law, officers can inquire about immigration status if an individual is a suspect in another crime, but the wholesale racial profiling required by SB 1070 is not condoned.
Gov. Jan Brewer has not taken a public stand on SB 1070. She needs to hear from us that we expect her to stand up for civil rights and veto SB 1070. Send her a fax today!
Go to http://act.credoaction.com/campaign/az_immigration and send a fax to the governor to veto SB1070. The Arizona legislature information on SB1070 is available at http://www.azleg.gov/legtext/49leg/2r/summary/s.1070pshs.doc.htm . As a legal alien for many years, I didn't carry my green card any more regularly than most Americans carry their passport or birth certificate because I didn't want to take the chance of losing important documents. Making it trespassing if you don't is ridiculous.