Reps. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) and Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) denounced Arizona’s Senate bill 1070 during a press conference on Capitol Hill and urged Gov. Jan
Reps. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) and Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) denounced Arizona’s Senate bill 1070 during a press conference on Capitol Hill and urged Gov. Jan Brewer (R-Ariz.) to veto the legislation. The bill, passed by the state Senate yesterday, would — if signed by Brewer in the next five days — make it a state crime to be in the country illegally, require local law enforcement to ask people about their legal status if officers “suspect” someone of being illegal and require immigrants to carry documentation at all times.
“When you institutionalize a law like this one, you are targeting and discriminating at a wholesale level against a group of people,” Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Arizona, told reporters…
Grijalva, whose district runs from the Mexican border to the outskirts of Phoenix, said the legislation “is not just mean-spirited, it is directed at a specific population.” And Gutierrez, D-Illinois, said the measure infringes on the federal government’s authority over immigration laws.
Gutierrez added in a statement (via a press release) after the conference: “The Governor should veto the bill and if she doesn’t, the President should assert the federal governments’ preeminent role in regulating and enforcing our nation’s immigration laws. … The lunacy of rounding up people because they look a certain way or are suspected of being in violation of immigration statutes can only lead to one thing: profiling. I am Puerto Rican, I was born in Chicago, and my family has been U.S. citizens for generations, but look at my face, listen to my voice: I could get picked up. Is this what we want in America?”
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