DESMOND TUTU: Arizona: The Wrong Answer

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    by ARCHBISHOP DESMOND TUTU[​IMG]


    I am saddened today at the prospect of a young Hispanic immigrant in Arizona going to the grocery store and forgetting to bring her passport and immigration documents with her. I cannot be dispassionate about the fact that the very act of her being in the grocery store will soon be a crime in the state she lives in. Or that, should a policeman hear her accent and form a "reasonable suspicion" that she is an illegal immigrant, she can -- and will -- be taken into custody until someone sorts it out, while her children are at home waiting for their dinner.

    Equally disturbing is what will happen in the mind of the policeman. The police talk today about how they do not wish to, and will not, engage in racial profiling. Yet faced with the option of using common sense and compassion, or harassing a person who has done nothing wrong, a particularly sinister aspect of Arizona's new immigration law will be hanging over his head. He can be personally sued, by anyone, for failing to enforce this inhumane new act.

    I recognize that Arizona has become a widening entry point for illegal immigration from the South. The wave has brought with it rising violence and drug smuggling.

    But a solution that degrades innocent people, or that makes anyone with broken English a suspect, is not a solution. A solution that fails to distinguish between a young child coming over the border in search of his mother and a drug smuggler is not a solution.

    I am not speaking from an ivory tower. I lived in the South Africa that has now thankfully faded into history, where a black man or woman could be grabbed off the street and thrown in jail for not having his or her documents on their person.

    How far can this go? We lived it -- police waking a man up in the middle of the night and hauling him off to jail for not having his documents on his person while he slept. The fact that they were in his nightstand near the bed was not good enough.

    Of course if you suggested such a possibility today to an Arizona policeman he would be adamant that he would never do such a thing. And I would believe him. Arizona is a long way from apartheid South Africa.

    The problem is, under the new law, the one or two who would do it are legitimized. All they have to say is that they believed that illegal immigrants were being harbored in the house. They would be protected and sanctioned by this law.

    Whole article...



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    Oh, well now that my emotions are stirred about the old South Africa, I suppose I should believe that a state deciding to enforce federal law is a bad thing. :rolleyes:
     
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    Hey, Desmond, I've got a great idea! Why don't they immigrate here legally like everyone else!?
     
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    Just read the article and Desmond is a clueless fucking rube. So, because Mexico can't get their act together, it's OK for them to export their crime to the USA?

    "The Latinos in Arizona have not come to Arizona because they want to live in communities wracked with violence and crime. I would guess that the most recent arrivals have fled their border towns and the growing violence there as drug lords tightened their control of the communities. They want to live and raise their children in peace, just as you or I do.

    I am certain that, given the chance, the leaders of the Latino immigrant communities in Arizona would enthusiastically work with the State to find constructive solutions to these problems. I am very sure that they would like, as much as others, to rid Arizona of the drug smugglers, human traffickers and other criminal elements infiltrating their communities."

    Any day now, yup, it's only been going on for three generation so any day now they're going to come up with a solution
     
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    Fuck Tutu. Shits like him destroyed South Africa.
     
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    They need to carry proper id and they'll be no problem. All this talk of an injustice going to happen is a ploy from the illegals side.
     
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    And why do we care about what FOREIGNERS say regarding what AZ, USA is doing about this illegal problem???? Now we have a slew of 'stars', Shakira being one of them, talking crap. I say tell them ALL to go to HELL!!
     

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