The chanting of "Si, se puede! Si, se puede!"("Yes We Can! Yes We Can!") took on a new meaning on April 25, 2010 in Arizona's capitol city. Thousands came out in Phoenix to express their outrage of Senate Bill 1070.This new bill encourages, allows and requires police to question, at their discretion and free will, anyone they suspect may be in the country illegally. This includes asking for their identification. Anyone not being able to prove the latter could be arrested, fined $2,500.00 and
Grijalva said, "We're going to overturn this unjust and racist law! And we're going to overturn the power structure that created this unjust racist law!"
Prsident Obama has instructed the Justice Department to review this law, checking for it's legality because it's misguided.
Those in support of the new bill contend that this isn't racial profiling. They "say" race or nationality isn't the sole basis, which is prohibited by law, for an immigration check. In the developmental stages, Arizona's Governor, Jan Brewer, who on April 23, 2010 signed the bill, assures that a training course for police will ensue.
Throughout America, law enforcement officers are not required to ask the immigration status as part of protocol. They believe this approach would cause immigrants to no longer come forward and assist in other types of investigations.
"It's outrageous that these people continue to support lawbreakers over law-keepers," said the Mesa Republican, State Sen. Russell Pearce, who sponsored the legislation.
At the other end of the spectrum, Mayor Phil Gordan of Phoenix said to thousands of protesters in attendance, "We'll go to court! We'll go to the State Courts! Then we'll go to the Federal Courts! Then we'll go all the way to the Supreme Court! I promise you!" Gordan plans on behalf of the city to file a lawsuit challenging the bill.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio and the Phoenix Police Union support the bill. However, Dr. Warren Stewart, who attended the rally, opposed. He also encouraged the crowd, "Let's fill up, overflow Sherrif Arpaio's jail! Overflow it with those for righteousness and for justice!"
Across the border, Mexican President Felipe Calderon views this new drastic and perhaps unjust practices more of an hindrance for resolving the immigration problem.
Many Republicans feel as though for such a complex issue, now isn't the best time to take on such a matter. Yet, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid insists federal immigration reform should become a top priority.
This has become a highly opinionated topic. Many people feel as though because the color of their skin, Arizona's law enforcement will harass them being that the new bill supports this unjust behavior. Immigrants and citizens of all ethnic groups tend to agree that this new bill would do more harm than good. Their main concern was not only that people of color would be under this type of scrutiny. Hence, there are many hues of people that are immigrants in America.
Could this mean, "Anyone in Arizona could be stopped and questioned and Senate Bill 1070 be their probable cause?"
By: Benjamin Janey