Scarborough: Arizona Immigration Law is ‘Un-American’
April 27, 2010
(ChattahBox)—The new harsh anti-immigration law in Arizona is even drawing condemnation from Republicans. Xenophobic right-wing nativist Tom Tancredo believes the law institutionalizing racial profiling goes too far. “I do not want people here, there in Arizona, pulled over because you look like [you] should be pulled over,” says Tancredo. And former Republican Congressman and host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, went so far as to call the draconian law un-American.
The new law allows police to stop people based on the “reasonable suspicion” they may be undocumented immigrants. If the people stopped don’t have the proper papers proving residency, they would be arrested and jailed. The law essentially makes it a crime in Arizona to have brown skin.
During a discussion of the law this morning on Morning Joe, Scarborough came out strongly against the law that forces Hispanic looking Americans and legal immigrants to carry papers with them at all times, or risk arrest:
What does offends me, is one out of every three citizens in the state of Arizona are Hispanics. And you have now put a target on one out of three citizens —who if they are walking their dog around the neighborhood — if they are walking their child to school and they’re an American citizen or a legal immigrant, to now put a target on their back and make them think that every time they go walk out of their door they may have to prove something. I will tell you that is un-American it’s unacceptable and it’s un-American.