Governor Jan Brewer has just opened “Pandora’s Box” and has now put a legal stamp on racial profiling, promoting not only hate but giving “political crazies” a forum to preach from.
One politician who opposes her tough immigration law is U.S. congressman, Rep. Raul Grijalva. On Friday, he sent President Obama a letter calling on him to exercise his “authority to limit [federal] cooperation with Arizona officials in their enforcement” of the law that makes it a crime in Arizona to be in the country illegally.
Grijalva had to close his Arizona office on Friday after receiving death threats over his opposition to the new immigration law. Thankfully, he’s not backing down now that the bill has been signed into law. Grijalva said he closed his office to protect his staff but he refuses to change his position, he thinks the new law is outrageous.
The tough new Arizona law, will require local police officers to question people about their immigration status, it they suspect they are there illegally. The new law will go into effect in the next 90 days, afterward, it will be open season on anyone and everyone who appears to be illegal. Opening the door, where fear and suspicion will be the norm.
The Congressman’s offices in Yuma and Tucson were flooded with calls this week over the issue, some from people threatening violent acts and shouting racial slurs. At least two advocacy groups are preparing legal challenges and Mexico has warned that the law could affect cross-border relations.
Hopefully, Obama will get involved and this will push the debate over immigration reform to the forefront. Illegal immigrants should not be treated as criminals, it only sends out a message of fear and hate. Reform is needed but it should be done with tolerance and patience, not anger and violence.