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- May 9, 2003
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Please understand that this law is not about illegal immigration. This law is about the fact that the police in Arizona now have the right to stop and harass anybody... ANYBODY for no reason whatsoever other than what they look like. This includes legal U.S. citizens AND IT INCLUDES BLACK PEOPLE.
Please don't fall for that "Oh this will only affect the illegal Mexicans" lie.
This law is an EXTREMELY slippery slope. Racial profiling is illegal right now. It is currently against the law for the police to pull you over and harass you for no reason whatsoever. But this law will make it legal. And once they make it legal to profile Hispanics, how long do you think it will take before they use that law as a basis for legally profiling us?
The ink won't even be dry on that legislation before the police are out there profiling US left and right, stopping US for no reason, asking US to prove who we are and demand that we prove that we have the right to be there.
This is purely a gateway law to legalizing racial profiling. Once Arizona passes it, other states will follow, then profiling will soon be legal nationwide. Thus having a reason to put more of us behind bars. And that is why so many black people are against it.
This law won't do jack to stop illegal aliens from coming here. The only REAL way to stop illegal immigration is to impose steep fines, prosecute, or even shut down the companies and corporations that hire illegal aliens, but the powers that be in Washington (especially the Republicans) aren't going to do that because many of those companies are major campaign contributors.
Again, don't believe the hype. African Americans are legal citizens, that never stopped them from using racist laws against us, now did it?