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.
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."