Immigrants have human rights

Published on Online Journal, by Mary Shaw, August 3, 2010.

The ongoing national debate on immigration reached a fever pitch on July 28, when U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton blocked some of the more draconian provisions of Arizona’s controversial anti-immigrant law (SB 1070), which was scheduled to take effect the following day.

Judge Bolton blocked a section requiring police officers to question and verify the immigration status of anyone “reasonably” suspected of being an illegal alien. She also blocked a section requiring immigrants to carry their papers at all times. 

The ruling is in response to lawsuits by the U.S. Justice Department and a coalition of civil rights groups including the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Mexican American Legal Defense & Educational Fund (MALDEF), the National Immigration Law Center (NILC), the Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC), and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

The coalition’s lawsuit challenged SB 1070 on human rights grounds. According to the ACLU, “the law would subject massive numbers of people — both citizens and non-citizens — to racial profiling, improper investigations, and detention.”

Fortunately, Judge Bolton gets it … //

… Like Gitmo in Phoenix.

And such could be the fate of any non-white persons who dare to appear in public in Arizona if Judge Bolton’s ruling is overturned.

Hopefully the appeals court will see things from Judge Bolton’s perspective, and rights and humanity will again manage to trump bigotry and fear.

And hopefully Washington will soon deter any further Arizona-style state measures by enacting some intelligent and practical immigration reform based on rights, compassion, and opportunity.

After all, the Statue of Liberty is still standing. And she still invites the world to “give me your … huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” (full text).

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