Please help the people of Arizona. We need to stand on the side of justice, fairness and equal treatment for all.

Maria Gomez Murphy has sent you an invitation to sign the petition "Tell Arizona Governor Brewer that S.B.1070 encourages racial profiling and must never be enforced" on Change.org. IT'S VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU MAKE YOUR VOICES HEARD

Click the link below to view the petition.
http://humanrights.change.org/petitions/view/tell_arizona_governor_...

TEXT of PETITION:

After much protest on a national, state and local level Governor Jan Brewer signed S.B.1070 into law today referring to the new law as "another step forward in protecting the state of Arizona."

We, the undersigned, believe that S.B.1070 will not protect the state of Arizona but will instead 1) overburden law enforcement in taking on the duties of immigration officials for which they are untrained and uncompensated; and 2) create a climate of fear and anger towards people who appear to be "typical" Hispanics and/or indigenous people who reside along the border.

We believe Governor Brewer was misguided when she signed this bill into law, but she can make it right by admitting her mistake and allowing legal and constitutional challenges to the law to proceed unhindered.

The great State of Arizona belongs to all who lawfully reside there. Singling out racial and ethnic groups is unseemly for Arizonans and all other Americans.

EXCERPT FROM LEGALIZE ARIZONA

"Many permanent residents don't carry their green cards on them at all times for the sake of not losing such an important document (it's like always carrying your passport), but now if they live in Arizona, they will be forced to. If you forget your green card at home one morning, and are stopped by an officer for whatever reason, say a broken taillight, you are guilty of trespassing, regardless of the fact that you are indeed a permanent resident! To boot, you now also have a criminal record with a class 1 misdemeanor.


Next, we have the lock-them-up-and-throw-away-the key provisions. Under provision 3, an undocumented immigrant "convicted of a violation of state or local law [is] to be transferred immediately to the custody of ICE or Customs and Border Protection, on discharge from imprisonment or assessment of any fine that is imposed." And provision 13 denies undocumented immigrants the right of all other prisoners for "suspension or commutation of sentence or release on any basis until the sentence imposed is served."


So by committing a non-violent offense — which, remember, in Arizona, can simply be "trespassing" — family members can disappear into the prison/detention system, with all means of getting out closed off. And if family members approach local officials for information about their loved one's whereabouts, they too, are subject to questioning and risk arrest."

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Comment by Maria Gomez Murphy on April 26, 2010 at 11:35pm
I understand it's a difficult issue to deal with particularly when your personal experience is a powerful one. However we're not talking about your experience. There are many people in this country who got here the legal way just as yours did . They will be targeted as well just because they look like the demographic; that is to say, brown and/or poor. And by the way, Arizona didn't become part of the United States until 1912 long after my family and my ancestors had resided in the area and honored it as their home.

But what a testament to your mother that she did the right thing as she undertood it. I would like to meet her. She sounds like a good citizen and a great addition to the American experience.
Comment by Kaadarastarscape on April 26, 2010 at 8:02pm
I will not comment more than to say that I do not believe in letting illegal immigrants into our country. My mother came from Sri Lanka and had to go through hoops to get into this country but she did and she is here legally. Not only that but I also do not agree in the fact that they wish that school children be taught to be bilingual. If it is because the parents wish for this that is fine but to make it to where jobs will not even consider you unless you are bilingual. I see a problem here. I am all for FAIR treatment. If I were to consider living in another country I would follow their laws and learn their language....I call this respect. Just like you go into someone's home and respect their way of doing things so must you of state and country laws. If you do not like their laws then you do not have to live there.No they are not always fair......but that is how laws are. Unless there can be an alternative to laws this is what we have to work with. And before you pull out the racial card on me I am part hispanic. I am hispanic and asian to be exact. And also when you drive you need to carry your driver's license that's just how it is....it's the law. Yes I have forgotten mine before because I misplace things all the time.....and if I get pulled over and I cannot find mine, it is my fault. A little respondsibility and respect go a long way.

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