On Friday, Governor Jan Brewer of Arizona signed a rabidly anti-immigrant bill that would require law enforcement officials to question people about their immigration status if the officer has a “reasonable suspicion” that the person is in the U.S. illegally. We believe that this new law legalizes and encourages racial profiling.
“This bill is an unacceptable endorsement of unconstitutional racial profiling by the government, and threatens to tear apart immigrant families in Arizona,” said Miriam Yeung, Executive Director of NAPAWF. NAPAWF condemns the passage of this bill and expresses deep concern that the momentum from anti-immigrant forces may cause similar bills to pass across the country, putting more and more immigrant families and communities at risk. This new law serves as a stark reminder that comprehensive immigration reform is badly needed at the federal level to ensure that immigrants have access to a fair and just path to citizenship.
What can you do?
- Sign this petition, circulated by Reform Immigration For America, asking that the President and Congress enact comprehensive immigration reform to ensure that the rest of the nation does not follow Arizona’s harmful precedent.
- Contact Arizona Governor Jan Brewer with the following message: “I am outraged that you signed SB 1070. This law legalizes discrimination and racial profiling by law enforcement. I ask that this law be rescinded immediately.” Her office can be reached at (602) 542-4331 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Participate in a May Day rally near you. Click here to find a rally near you.
- Write your Senator urging him or her to prioritize comprehensive immigration reform today! If you need help with a sample letter, let us know.