The protests against Arizona's immigration law continue.
Pop star Shakira is the latest to join the protest. She is actually going to Arizona Thursday and will meet with Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon, who also has criticized the new law that will result in racial profiling of Latinos.
Phoenix Vice Mayor Michael Nowakowski will escort Shakira to visit families who could be impacted by the new law, according to AZ Central.
I've criticized Shakira before for selling out with her music and going blonde. But she's a humanitarian and I applaud her for calling attention to this issue.
I also wrote a blog post earlier this week about other Latino celebrities who have spoken out, including George Lopez, Ricky Martin and Eva Longoria Parker.
One of my favorite critiques of the Arizona law came from Jon Stewart. Watch this video below where he calls Arizona "the meth lab of democracy."
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Also this week the President of Mexico, Felipe Calderon, criticized the Arizona law. He said it would breed discrimination and hate.
"Criminalizing immigration, which is a social and economic phenomenon, this way opens the door to intolerance, hate, discrimination and abuse in law enforcement," according to the Guardian.
Calderon added, "My government cannot and will not remain indifferent when these kinds of policies go against human rights."
The Mexican government also issued a travel warning and cancelled a cross-border meeting planned with Arizona.
While we wait for our federal officials to address immigration reform, Mexico also should develop a stronger national policy to create jobs so people don't have to leave their homeland.
And in California the mayor of San Francisco, Gavin Newsom, announced a moratorium on official city travel to Arizona. There is an exception for law enforcement investigating a crime.
Los Angeles also is considering a similar measure.
President Obama also stepped up his criticism of the law.
"...You can imagine if you are a Hispanic American in Arizona, your great, great grandparents may have been there before Arizona was even a state. But now suddenly if you don't have your papers and you took your kid out to get ice cream, you're going to be harassed, that's something that could potentially happen," Obama said Tuesday.
It's not potentially going to happen. It's going to happen.
All these voices and more need to speak out to protect all our human rights.