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From an Arizona law to a Long Island hate crime, immigrants are under attack

From the East Coast to the Southwest there is disturbing news impacting Latinos and immigrants.

On Monday, a jury convicted a young man of manslaughter - not murder - in the beating death of Ecuadorean immigrant Marcelo Lucero. This is hardly justice for such a heinous hate crime where Jeffrey Conroy and a group of friends went on what was described as "beaner-hopping" or "Mexican hopping."

And in Arizona, state lawmakers have approved a bill that would allow police to arrest people who they suspect are undocumented immigrants. This is tantamount to racial profiling and would essentially require all people to carry proof they are U.S. citizens.

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Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, a Republican, has five days to veto the bill or sign it into law.

If Brewer signs it,  she would be supporting the most restrictive immigration law in the nation.

The law requires that if state and local police determine there is "reasonable suspicion" they can ask people about their immigration status. They can arrest people who are unable to provide documentation proving they are in the country legally.

What constitutes "reasonable suspicion"?

Having brown skin, speaking with an accent, having a Latino surname?

And does this mean Latinos or dark-skinned residents of Arizona will have to start carrying around their birth certificates or passports?

By the way, a driver's license is not proof of citizenship.

I can imagine right-wing Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio asking a Native American for proof of citizenship. This new law would give him and other law enforcement the authority to do so.

All this comes at a time when the Obama Administration has been slow to act on the DREAM Act to help undocumented youth and on passing comprehensive immigration reform.

The indignation over this restrictive law passed in Arizona is already having a national impact.

This actually could help galvanize the country for a new set of May Day protests calling for immigration reform.

And if they pass a law like this in Arizona, it's only a matter of time before other states do something similar.

To be clear this Arizona law is not about controlling the immigration flow into the United States. It's an affront on all our civil liberties.

A law like this won't help stop immigration. It won't save the state of Arizona money. It's more than likely to lead to lawsuits against the police when they start racial profiling legal permanent residents and U.S.-born Latinos.

I'm also upset that Conroy got away with the murder of Lucero, who was stabbed to death in Long Island in November 2008. Prosecutors said it wasn't an isolated incident and Conroy was convicted of attempted assault against two other Hispanic men he attacked prior to the fatal beating and stabbing of Lucero.

If we accept manslaughter as the punishment for murder, then we are losing our country to fear and hate.

I know that I won't accept that. And neither should you.

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  • I agree, one thing that most people are not realizing is tha these type of laws and action infringe upon our civil liberties, including 287(g) partnerships. It will be difficult for society to turn back from these infringements. The rhetoric and hate words and verdicts such as this one send a message that it is okay to kill or maim immigrants or those you perceive as an immigrant.

  • What Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) has to say about Amnesty and Tax-Dollar Drain,

    Lamar Smith is the Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee.

    Outside of the usual articles from Bloggers like myself and other opponents of illegal immigration, here is a very eye-opening correspondence by an insider of the Washington beltway. While others fudge the truth or downright lie or release rancid propaganda to the masses. Here are some bitter truths that this Representative from Texas is availing us of the ugly truth and the calamitous situation sending us into a black bottomless pit of American bankruptcy.

    Rep. Lamar Smith states:

    President Obama and Congressional Democrats have been talking about giving amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants. Tax Day seems like a good time to examine the impact that such a policy would have on your wallet.

    Start with education. Using the average annual American public school elementary and secondary education costs, the Federation for American Immigration Reform has estimated that the total cost of K-12 education for illegal immigrant minors and the U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants is $28.6 billion a year.

    Then there

  • It's terrible that this one crime was committed.

    What amazes me is that no one is writing about the 1000's and 1000's of assaults, murders, rapes, theft committed by illegal immigrants.

    So let's write about the one or two crimes against illegals, but say nothing about the millions of crimes against Americans over the past five years.

    I lived outside of DC in Virginia and we HAD to move. Huge numbers of illegals moved in and a great area turned into a crime ridden slum.

    I can understand why people are upset with this widespread out of control illegal immigration. It's not pleasant to be around when they move on in.

  • In reply to Harvesto:

    I agree, http://www.ojjpac.org/memorial.asp and this is not a complete list, it is just the tip of the ice burg and I had to dig for it. Some of the victims may have lived had the person stopped and called for help, but they did not in any of the cases I read. Children mowed down by someone who can't drive and is here illegally. I think people are starting to wake up, I have legal immigrants who live right next to me and they came here the right way, work hard, and know our language, guess what they support this bill. It is misinformation, I had to print this bill out so they could read it because they were listening to the lies on TV. So just inform people of truths, you will see them wake up. It is gradual, but it is happening.

  • In reply to Harvesto:

    Oh and one last thing, check the immigration laws for other countries (Mexico for one) and why is there no outrage on them.

  • Don't let the author of this article mislead you. She states: "By the way, a driver's license is not proof of citizenship"
    What she doesn't tell you is that possession of a valid driver's license IS proof that you are in the country legally.
    I could post tons of stats on why our open borders are a huge drain on our economy and are a great danger to our citizens. I'll post just one: 25 Americans die to illegal aliens every day, 12 of these 25 are murdered. More Americans are killed every year than by illegal aliens than by all military action, including accidents.

  • What a bunch of lies, or mostly lies. Hey the bill is ten pages go read it. Why not report the crimes not being reported. http://www.ojjpac.org/memorial.asp

    All the Arizona law did is take the federal laws and mirror them so why not the outrage for the federal laws that have been in place for 70 years. Any FYI there are white illegals as well as many races. Stop race baiting because we are all tired of it. I know damn well I am no racist and I support the law. The race card has been overplayed and does not work anymore. I don't care what color people are, if they are here breaking the laws they should not be allowed to stay. People like you are why it is so easy for terrorists to come here and try and hurt us, keep protecting them though someone has to coddle them. What about the victims, and their families? Why no reports on these things?

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