Response to Arizona Immigration Law

The new Arizona law cracking down on illegal immigration has sparked an uproar from the oldest Hispanic organization in the United States. LULAC, the League of United Latin American Citizens, announced an economic boycott of the State of Arizona until the law is repealed or declared unconstitutional. Pat Hernandez has the story.

Arizona’s newly signed law makes it a state crime to be in the U.S. illegally and directs police to question people if they suspect they are illegal immigrants.

The League of United Latin American Citizens announced that it is formulating legal action to overturn that law. Fransisco Rodriguez with the local LULAC organization, says says they’re calling for economic sanctions against Arizona, including the next Astros game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

“Heretofore, LULAC, our brother and sister organizations have come hat in hand, asking you to reconsider some of the bad things you’ve done against the Hispanic community. We’re through playing that game. We’re going after your pocketbook now, and rightly so, because we believe that the constitution stands on our side, and we’re going to file a lawsuit against those organizations, states or otherwise, that infringe on our rights as American citizens, and racial profiling is one civil rights violation that nobody can afford to defend.”

Meanwhile, Tomball state representative Debbie Riddle and colleague Leo Berman of Tyler said they will propose legislation similar to that in Arizona. But San Antonio representative Trey Martinez Fischer, who chairs the Mexican American Legislative Caucus, says he doubts the bill would pass in Texas.

“I don’t have a lot of admiration for copycat legislators, I mean this is not an original idea. Time and again, representative Berman and representative Riddle have demonstrated how they really feel about immigrants, how they really feel about communities of color. I mean the fact of our level of leadership that we have with African Americans and Hispanics in the state legislature in both the House and the Senate, would not allow something like this to occur.”

And Texas Senator John Cornyn says immigration reform should be a federal government responsibility, instead of having a patchwork of different state laws addressing border issues.

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