Today, I write to urge you to speak out against Arizona’s unconstitutional anti-immigrant law (SB 1070) because it will result in widespread racial profiling of Latinos throughout the state.
I believe that our nation cannot move forward without addressing the need for sincere, fair, and comprehensive immigration reform today. You were elected to represent my community in Congress and I depend on you to stand up for all Americans, including Latinos who are the thinly veiled targets of this anti-immigrant law in Arizona.
I fear that other states will follow Arizona’s racially divisive behavior if SB 1070 is not struck down by the courts or repealed. I need you to take a stand for the majority of Americans who want to fix our broken immigration system and demand that comprehensive immigration reform is number one on Congress’ to-do list this year.
We support comprehensive immigration reform that includes creating a fair pathway to legalization for hard-working immigrants, providing a reasonable number of visas for new immigrants to come into the U.S. in the future, and reducing the severe backlog of applications for families to reunite with their loved ones.
Until comprehensive immigration reform is achieved, families will be torn apart, workers will be exploited, and racist laws will continue to be passed across the U.S. Unconstitutional laws such as SB 1070 have no place in our multicultural, multilingual nation and I refuse to remain silent in the face of such blatant racial profiling.
Again, I urge you to push for comprehensive immigration reform today and refuse to accept SB 1070 as the solution to our broken immigration system. We cannot allow this bill to normalize racial profiling in Arizona, to push a vulnerable population under the rug and to give other states the hope that they too can legally institutionalize racism in the United States. We cannot allow SB 1070 to become the de facto federal response by postponing comprehensive immigration reform any longer.
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