Arizona Rising Up In The Name of Human Rights

I have to say I’m quite proud of the way the people of Arizona have come out to oppose this terrible legislation. There are a myriad of kind hearted compassionate people willing to stand of for basic dignity and human rights. It’s quite sad to see so much of the evil sneering of those placing all blame on other human beings – especially, in this case, undocumented migrants. This ‘there’s not enough room in this town for the both of us’ mentality is crude and quite anti-American.

20 Unitarian Universalist ministers arrested in Arizona immigration protest
Newark Unitarian Universalism ExaminerMichael Dalzell

Twenty Unitarian Universalist ministers from around the country were among the 83 people arrested Thursday in Phoenix, protesting the implementation of Arizona’s immigration law. The law took effect yesterday, a day after a federal judge stripped SB 1070 of some of its most controversial provisions.
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“I am standing for human rights,” Frederick-Gray told the Arizona Republic before her arrest in front of the jail. “In the face of fear that is assaulting our community, we must not be silent. We must make it clear which side we stand on. We stand on the side of love.”

In the fight over Arizona’s immigration law, everybody loses

By Roberto Suro
Sunday, August 1, 2010

Arizona’s immigration law was never going to solve the problem of illegal immigration. That is not its purpose. Instead it is an invitation to a shootout in which there will be no winners. It is more of a provocation than an attempt to enact policy, and as a protest against Washington’s failure to fix a broken immigration system, it resonates.
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The frustration has been building quietly since the last big push to overhaul the immigration system ended in June 2007 with the Senate locked in a stalemate. After more than a year of political drama, including massive immigrant marches in the spring of 2006, legislation had emerged with backing from President George W. Bush, some Republican moderates and most Democrats. It would have increased enforcement, offered legalization to the current population of illegal migrants and created measures to regulate future flows, including a temporary-worker program. But conservative Republicans attacked the legalization program as an “amnesty” for law-breaking migrants, while liberal Democrats split over the terms of the temporary-worker program. Comprehensive immigration reform, as proponents dubbed it, failed to get the 60 votes necessary to move through the Senate. Since then, nothing has shifted that political accounting, not even the 2008 election, which changed so much else in Washington. (click above link to read more)

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