Posts Tagged ‘Governor Jan Brewer’

Arizona Immigration Law Boycott- Shakira Speaks out

Stars from all walks of life are joining in protesting the new Arizona Anti-Immigration laws. Shakira is amongst them. Check out her interview with Ryan Seacrest. Check it out.


Arizona Immigration Law- What’s the big deal?

May 7, 2010 2 comments

It’s been on the tip of every tongue and at the point of all writers pens.  The new Arizona immigration law that is.  Stars such as Ricky Martin, Seth MacFarlane, Shakira and Gloria Estafan have been publicly speaking against the new law.  So what’s the “hype” all about?  Well, a new immigration law was signed and passed on April 23rd by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer with outstanding republican support.  This is now the toughest anti-immigration law in the country and is set to take effect on July 28th.  It requires police to demand proof of citizenship or legal residency, i.e. a drivers license or state ID to anyone that they suspect to be residing in the country illegally.  A couple of other key points of the law is that it makes the employment or transport of illegal immigrants anywhere illegal.  It also allows for those citizens who feel that the law isn’t being enforced appropriately, to sue their local government.  It would be interesting to see the point of view of an immigration lawyer.

According to Arizona Governor Jan Brewer the bill “represents what’s best for Arizona” When Governor Brewer was asked if she thinks she could identify an illegal immigrant she responded by saying “ I do not know what an illegal immigrant looks like.  I can tell you that I think that there are people in Arizona that assume they know what an illegal immigrant looks like.  I don’t know if they know that for a fact or not” A stance held by some republican supporters of the new bill is Arizona spends about $3 billion to educate, medicate and incarcerate illegal immigrants.

Hmmm?  I think, sorta, kinda maybe if they are sure… but I’m not too sure?  My point is, it seems that this is a pretty dramatic law with heavy ramifications to be based on someone who thinks they know people who can assume they know what an illegal immigrant looks like.

Protestors of the new law fear that it will make people who appear to be foreigners targeted and victims of racial profiling.  President Obama said during a ceremony for new citizens, that the new law threatens to “undermine basic notions as fairness that we cherish as Americans”.

Further, the Supreme Court has ruled that police cannot stop an individual based solely on their Mexican appearance.  This brings into question the boundaries’ between the state and federal government.  Does Arizona even have the right to be tampering with immigration laws in this fashion?  If you area facing issues with immigration, it may be to your best advantage to seek out the advice of an immigration lawyer.
What do you think about the new law?  Is Arizona overstepping their boundaries?