LatinaLista — News coverage today of the civil disobedience happening in Phoenix had most newscasters puzzled, especially since the judge’s ruling was seen as a victory for opponents of SB 1070.
In covering the protests, news anchors were asking why people still felt the need to protest since the most damaging elements of the SB 1070 were stopped from being enforced.
Even some of the people protesting when posed the same question didn’t answer it completely right. Some said they were there to show their solidarity with the Latino community of Arizona protesting the bill and others just repeated that it was a bad law.
Activist and Latina Lista news partner, Alfredo Gutierrez, is arrested Thursday in front of the federal courthouse in Phoenix on the first day of the new immigration law. (Photo: Tom Tingle/The Arizona Republic)
There was only one young African American woman in answering a CNN reporter who got it right. She said the protest wasn’t about striking the most egregious parts of the bill down but in eradicating the bill altogether. She said that this bill in any form shouldn’t be on the books at all.
And she’s right.
While yesterday’s ruling was a big step forward in addressing those elements that could bring real harm to the civil rights of legal immigrants and Latino citizens, the fact of the matter is the bill is still a bad bill and criminalizes mixed-status Latino families.
As one protester posted on Facebook:
The judge DID NOT strike down the parts of the law that make it a criminal act to provide transportation to anyone who is known to be or there is a reasonable suspicion to believe is undocumented.
This makes it a crime in Arizona for the thousands of mixed immigration status families to travel together and for houses of worship or humanitarian aid organizations to provide assistance to immigrants.
To arrest someone for being a Good Samaritan goes against the grain of most decent and rational people — just as SB1070 still goes against the grain of people who don’t see the sense in creating a police state and criminalizing people for fulfilling the most basic tenet of what makes a person human or a family a family by being together.
SB1070 isn’t a law in the traidtional and judicial sense of keeping people safe and protected from harm. SB1070 is nothing but a law to persecute and the saddest fact is that those who support this bill know it.