Thursday, April 22, 2010

Really????????

OK, Arizona, you've gone too far!!!!!
Our legislature has passed a bill that allows law enforcement officers to arrest people based on "reasonable suspicion" of being illegally in this country. We are not talking about immigrants from Sweden or Canada, etc. We are talking about Mexicans.
Let me walk you through this: How do you have "reasonable suspicion" that someone is illegally here? If my husband, or son, and I are walking down the street, on what basis will law enforcement officers determine our legitimacy? Well, my guys are brown. Bottom line. They can be stopped, questioned, and if they can not produce ID at the time, arrested. For what? Being brown. They will pay a fee for being arrested, for being brown. Will I be randomly asked to produce ID by an officer? Ever? Doubtful, because I am not brown. Can you tell I am pissed?!? Our state is infringing on our civil rights here, and yes I am pissed.
Our Governor has a chance now to review this and veto it. Here's to hoping she will do the right thing. Yes illegal immigration is a problem in AZ, as in all the border states. But, taking away the civil rights of American citizens is unacceptable. Having a law allowing discrimination based on ethnicity is an outrage, and a huge step backward.
Does anyone in America want to have to always carry ID to be produced at anytime to prove we have the right to be here? Why is it OK to require this of only those with brown skin and a Mexican ancestry? I will begrudgingly ask that my guys always carry their IDs to avoid such an issue, not that I think it will ever actually happen, but what if? And, in the mean time I must voice that I am ashamed of AZ, it's lawmakers, and it's citizens if we stand by and allow this to happen.

6 comments:

Joanna said...

Agreed. It's funny that it's gone this far considering that there is no doubt that this shows discrimination from our government. I am with you on this and hope that it gets a huge VETO! Ridiculous!

Amber said...

I AGREE TOO! This is ridiculous! They better VETO! I am still mad over the whole 'Not needing a permit for your gun'

Antonia Krajicek said...

DITTO!! I think Maricopa county already has a huge problem on our hand with certain elected officials who shall remain nameless (let's just say a delusional old cowboy and his lawyer sidekick).

Said officials are already being investigated by the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT for alleged civil rights violations. Our state passing such ludicrous legislation will only justify the wrongdoing that has been ongoing for sometime, and even worse, give these out of control individuals more power to continue to violate the rights of others.

And, don't get me started on the new gun legislation (blame Amber for this rant, ha!). I'm all about the freedom to bear arms (and own a gun myself). HOWEVER, I feel that individuals should have to be licensed to carry a concealed weapon. There are too many ignorant individuals out there who have no respect for guns or for the potentially lethal consequences bearing one.

I truly believe our elected officials are trying to turn AZ back into the wild west. It might be time to move...

Antonia Krajicek said...

Sorry that was so long. It didn't seem like it when I was writing it in the little comment box!! I'm obviously QUITE opinionated.

Lisa said...

This differs VERY little from World War 2 era Germany. And that did not end well. :O(

H said...

Oi. This isn't the first time AZ has come out with discriminatory legislation, is it? Argh.