The New Dead Zone in U.S.

By Gary Norris Gray, BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: April 27, 2010

CALIFORNIA (BASN) — The time has come for African Americans and other minorities to support our Latino-Hispanic brothers and sisters in the state of Arizona . We have to make this political statement for racial unity and peace.

This newly passed state law is unacceptable.

The governor of Arizona and its state legislators passed an immigrant bill — Senate Bill 1070 — that would make it a crime to be an illegal immigrant in the state. Mind you there are already federal laws and statutes that cover this growing problem in the United States .

Governor Jan Brewer passed this law last Friday afternoon permitting state and local police offices to stop anybody of Latino-Hispanic decent or anyone that might look like an illegal alien resident.

This is shameful racial profiling legislation and the state of Arizona should rescind this law immediately. The question should be asked, how would the Arizona police force distinguish between racial profiling or enforcing this new law?

There are other ways of detaining illegal immigrant. This may not be one of them.

This new legislation requires every individual including American born residents of Arizona to carry their papers, drivers’ license, and social security cards.

It is time to boycott the State of Arizona, the state that did not observe the National Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday until companies started pulling out of Arizona and the National Football League would not place the multi-million dollar Super Bowl in Arizona without the state recognizing the holiday.

Please do not buy air line tickets from Southwest Airlines which is based in Arizona and explain to the company why you are doing so. Do not attend Arizona Cardinal Football games, Phoenix Coyote hockey games or Arizona Diamondback baseball games; make a statement to the Arizona Senate and House, boycott the state.

Do not book vacations, conventions, or stay at hotels or motels in the state; do not send your children to Arizona state schools for example the University of Arizona or Arizona State University .

A financial and political boycott of Arizona is the only political tool the American public has to repeal this law. This is a civil rights and a human rights issue and should be handled in a human and sensitive way unlike what Governor Brewer has proposed.

This law might make it more difficult for the Arizona police forces to enforce or investigate a crime in their state. Latino-Hispanic residents will not report crimes or assist the police for fear of being arrested and deported.

This law erodes the trust between the police force and the Latino-Hispanic community. It has been reported by CBS News that there are an estimated 460,000 illegal Spanish speaking residents currently living in the state of Arizona .

Madam Governor, how do you plan to deport all of them and where are you going to get the funds to execute this order?

It’s just a very bad idea.