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Arizona Law. Do you have papers ?
"University of Arizona associate professor Sandra Soto has come under intense criticism for talking about Arizona immigration laws in her graduation speech last week.
In her address to the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (video and full text below), she called up on the class of 2010 to use their critical thinking skills to solve the state's problems and openly voiced her disapproval for Arizona's newly passed immigration laws. Her reasoning, she said, was in part because her field of scholarship, Chicano studies, was "under attack in [the] legislation."
The audience reaction was split -- along with jeers came applause"
Arizona Law-The proposed Arizona law is a serious attack on civil liberties. Giving the police and other designated persons the right to stop and search and arrst citizens to see whether or not they are a legal or illegal immigrant is a bridge too far. Unless you have in your possession papers which document your citizenship you can be detained. The policy reminds one of Nazi Germany where the' Brown Shirts' would go around stopping and checking to see if you had any 'jewish blood' in you If you did you were in serious trouble and would be detained immediately with no bail. The proposed Law is wrong and should be scrapped anf buried forever. President Barack Obama has in fact said so much himself, although his words are couched in far more diplomatic terms than mine. Obama said, "The misdirected expression of frustration over our broken immigration system' President Obama went on: I want every American to know my administration has devoted unprecedented resources in personnel and technology to securing our border. Illegal immigration is down, not up, and we will continue to do what's necessary to secure our shared border."
Obama went on .
"And so the Arizona legislature late last month passed what some consider a Draconian immigration law, the harshest in the country. One that allows law enforcement to detain anyone they suspect might be here illegally and to hold that person until the feds can verify his or her status. And to criminally charge individuals if they are not carrying proper proof of citizenship or immigration status on their person. It will lead to wrongful arrest wrongful imprisonment and will result in numerous compensation claims in the future for wrongful arrest."
Sarah Palin has weighed into the debate by saying this "that were are Arizonans now and that President Obama should be doing more now to secure our borders."
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To fix our broken immigration system, I reaffirmed my deep commitment to working with Congress in a bipartisan way to pass comprehensive immigration reform. And comprehensive reform means accountability for everybody: government that is accountable for securing the border; businesses being held accountable when they exploit workers; people who break the law by breaching our borders being held accountable by paying taxes and a penalty and getting right with the law before they can earn their citizenship. We've been working hard to get this done. There's a strong proposal in the Senate, based on a bipartisan framework, and it can and should move forward.