LatinaLista — From some of the critical commentary targeting those protesting Arizona SB 1070, the authors see nothing wrong with SB 1070, feel Latinos’ fears are silly and that people are making a big fuss over nada.
One blogger even took issue with President Obama for speaking out against the bill.
President Obama is either uninformed about the current emergency facing the nation due to illegal immigration and the new Arizona immigration law or, as is almost certainly the case, he is playing politics with the situation in order to win the highly coveted Hispanic vote for his Party. In either case, his statement about Latinos being afraid to attend ice cream parlors in Arizona now that the new immigration law has passed border on the absurd, and his use of the phrase “don’t have your papers” can only be intended to hearken back to Nazi Germany.
Unfortunately, this blogger has failed to interview or even listen to those in the Latino community protesting this, to use his own word, “absurd” bill. Otherwise, he would know that fears of being racially profiled by the local police are grounded in the law itself.
What other conclusion can be drawn when the police department is penalized for not demanding proof of citizenship by people they suspect are not in the country legally? Or when everyday citizens can actually take the police to court for not enforcing, a.k.a. making Hispanics prove their citizenship, to their satisfaction?
There’s nothing absurd or paranoid about wondering how this law will be enforced since it will depend on the discretion of the officer. It’s a foregone conclusion that Sheriff Arpaio will enforce this law much differently than 15-year Tucson police veteran Martin Escobar who sued the state of Arizona over SB 1070.
And since this law impels all law enforcement to look for signs of undocumented immigrants, parents fear that even school resource officers will be part of the hunt.
Eve Aguirre, a parent in the Phoenix Union district, said she fears that the law, which makes it a state crime to transport illegal immigrants, could put her daughter and family members at risk.
“She has a lot of friends who are undocumented,” Aguirre said. “Am I supposed to ask these kids, ‘Who has papers? Only kids with papers can get in my car.’ You get criminalized if you have an undocumented person in your vehicle.”
From a Latina standpoint, there’s nothing “silly” about speaking out against this bill.
What’s is silly is expecting the potential targets of the bill to just lie down and take it.