April 23rd, 2010 18:58 EST
Arizona Governor to Veto Anti-Immigrant Bill?
The Arizona chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-AZ) today called on American Muslims and other people of conscience to ask Arizona Governor Jan Brewer to veto Senate Bill 1070 because it criminalizes immigrants and institutionalizes racial profiling.
SEE: Arizona`s Effort to Bolster Local Immigration Authority Divides Law Enforcement (NY Times)
In a statement issued today, CAIR-AZ Chairman Anas Hlayhel said:
"Senate Bill 1070 allows the use of racial profiling. American Muslims have faced the detrimental effects of racial profiling and we stand against the broad and generalized application of this practice. Racial profiling is ineffective policing which will build distrust and fear of law enforcement in the community.
"If signed into law, Senate Bill 1070 would impact even those community members who are legal permanent residents and naturalized citizens, because the bill gives unfettered discretion to law enforcement to identify and stop those perceived to be undocumented and to arrest those who do not have proper documentation of their legal status. Such a broad law enforcement tool leaves room for stereotyping and discrimination against minorities and those perceived to `look` undocumented."
SEE: Tell AZ Governor to Veto Racial Profiling Bill
CAIR`s Legislative Fact Sheet on Racial Profiling
Senate Bill 1070 was passed by the Arizona state legislature and awaits the signature of Governor Brewer. If Arizona`s governor does not veto the bill within two days, it will:
- Legalize unchecked racial profiling by local law enforcement of anyone they "suspect" is undocumented.
- Effectively require all immigrants, even those who are naturalized, to carry identification proving their legal residency in the U.S., and grant police officers authority to enforce federal immigration law and arrest people who cannot produce identification.
- Criminalize all undocumented immigrants as "trespassers" in the state of Arizona and would subject all undocumented workers and their families to arrest and conviction for misdemeanors, and in some cases felony charges for the new crime of "trespass" (reminiscent of HR 4437, the 2005 `Sensenbrenner bill`).
The repercussions of such a law would be devastating for immigrants and all communities of color in Arizona. Moreover, Senate Bill 1070 will have dangerous consequences in that it will set a national precedent for state and federal law, permanently criminalizing immigrants and legalizing racial profiling by law enforcement.
How will the implementation of Senate Bill 1070 affect the community?
- It harms public safety by creating distrust between local law enforcement and immigrant communities.
- It amplifies fear among immigrants, which will result in less reporting of crimes in these communities, thereby marginalizing these communities even further.
- Our communities will become less safe as community members become more and more unwilling to report crime.
- It allows police officers to arrest people without a warrant, thereby undermining constitutional safeguards under the Fourth Amendment.
IMMEDIATE ACTIONS REQUESTED (As always, be POLITE and RESPECTFUL):
1. Visit the Presente website and add your name to the petition: http://presente.org/campaigns/arizona
2. Call Governor Brewer TODAY and ask her to veto the bill. Call: (866) 996-5761, E-Mail: http://azgovernor.gov/contact.asp
3. Forward this request to your friends and family.