LatinaLista — When the Arizona SB 1070 was signed last week, critics warned that a variety of things would happen. Namely, that Latino citizens would suffer an infringement on their civil rights because law enforcement would get them confused with undocumented immigrants, and other states would try and replicate the Arizona bill.
Well, the bill wasn’t even signed into law when a Latino trucker, born in California, was detained until his wife brought his birth certificate down to where ICE officials were holding him to prove he was a U.S. citizen. She brought her’s too just in case they didn’t believe her either.
And it hasn’t even been a week since the bill was signed that now the first politician has declared he’s introducing legislation similar to the Arizona bill in his state legislature. The politician’s name is Leo Berman and he’s a Republican Representative from Tyler, Texas.
Berman is traveling in Europe at the moment but he instructed his aide to let the media know he has every intention of introducing immigration legislation comparable to the Arizona bill in January 2011.
According to the aide, Berman said his bill will be similar to the Arizona law, specifically the provision which requires local law enforcement agencies in the state to check the immigration status of individuals who they suspect of being in the United States illegally.
Talk about waking up a sleeping giant. If Berman carries out his promise, he won’t find much support among people who cherish their Constitutional rights, don’t like seeing anyone racially profiled and are particularly fed up with Texas leaders who lack respect for the history of Latinos in the state and would seek to further disparage Latinos on their own home turf.
If Berman thinks he can remotely achieve what was accomplished in Arizona then he doesn’t know Texas or the wrath of the Latino electorate.
Maybe he should go ahead and try to introduce a similar bill, because this may be what is needed to anger Texas Latinos enough that they will go to the polls in full force, unlike what has been seen before.
When that happens, no one who would attempt to politicize racial discrimination would stand a chance at being elected or re-elected.