Az. Gov. Signs Immigration Bill: ‘We Must Prove the Alarmists and Cynics Wrong’

April 24, 2010

(ChattahBox)—As expected, Arizona Republican Gov. Jan Brewer signed a harsh immigration bill into law on Friday. She signed the bill before cameras, with hundreds of people protesting against the draconian measure outside the capitol. In response to the racial profiling inherent in the bill, Brewer also signed an executive order mandating additional police training, to outline “what does and does not constitute reasonable suspicion.” But before the ink was dry on her signature, Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon pledged to sue the state, declaring the law unconstitutional.

When the bill takes effect sometime this summer, it will be a state crime to be in the state without carrying proof of residency papers. The bill has been derided, as a “Show me your papers” law. The law also makes it a crime for day laborers to impede street traffic, including people picking them up.

Brewer issued a statement and took questions from the press, insisting “I will not tolerate racial discrimination or racial profiling in Arizona.”

“We must use our new tool wisely,” she said. “We must react calmly, enforce it evenly and we must prove the alarmists and cynics wrong.”

And she took direct aim at the federal government, calling her state’s immigration problem, “the crisis the federal government has refused to fix.”

President Obama referred to the tough immigration bill, as “misguided,” while also acknowledging the federal government has failed to address the problem for years.

“Our failure to act responsibly at the federal level will only open the door to irresponsibility by others,” said Obama. “In fact, I’ve instructed members of my administration to closely monitor the situation and examine the civil rights and other implications of this legislation. But if we continue to fail to act at a federal level, we will continue to see misguided efforts opening up around the country.”

Opponents of the bill, view the measure as institutionalizing racism and racial profiling, essentially making it a crime to be brown-skinned in the state of Arizona.

Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, (D-Phoenix) called the new law “one of the darkest days in Arizona.”

“This violates the rights of all Arizonans,” she said. “It will be litigated. We will seek an injunction from this law being implemented.”

When asked by a reporter what an illegal immigrant looks like, Brewer responded “I do not know what an illegal immigrant looks like.” Brewer added, “I can tell you that I think there are people in Arizona that assume they know what an illegal immigrant looks like.” “I don’t know if they know that for a fact or not, she said.”


Photo Credit: Tom Tingle/The Arizona Republic


11 Responses to “Az. Gov. Signs Immigration Bill: ‘We Must Prove the Alarmists and Cynics Wrong’”

  1. James on April 24th, 2010 12:48 pm

    This law is racist discriminatory and anti constitutional

  2. Jennie Hunt on April 24th, 2010 3:09 pm

    Hooray, finally a politician with some backbone to speak the truth!

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  4. marco on April 24th, 2010 5:11 pm

    esta es otra forma de desmostrar miedo biblicamente se dice que el pais mas fuerte caera poco a poco sinplemente estan aselerando el proseso que sigan con sus hideas ironicas me agrada y para mis latinos nosotros savemos sufrir y savemos de hambre por eso somos lo que somos este es el momento de nosotros, cuiden a sus hijos que los anglosajones le van aser pasar hambre es hai dode ellos estan atacando ellos tienen el poder pero no la sabiduria y a todos los paises del mundo es asi como queremos ser tratados que sufran nuestras crias el que es buena persona da lo maximo al criminal da lo maximo que nos incotraremos en el medio el criminal a la carsel el travajador ruega porque haiga travajo tus hijos te lo van a agradeser i te sentiras felis no te unas al crimen ni trates

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  6. Charlotte L. Neigel on April 25th, 2010 11:12 am

    I Salute you. It is about time someone takes stand. I am seriously thinking of moving to AZ.

    Thank you,.

  7. David Evans on April 27th, 2010 2:39 pm

    I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart. I am a veteran that went to serve and protect my country . Only to see in my latter that this country is being given away because no one will stand up for what is right. If you want to come to this country, do it the right way. And it used to be required to speak ENGLISH. Now our country is spending our tax dollars to make everything is spanish or hiring spanish speaking employes because almost none of these folks bother to learn ENGLISH. Other countrys would jail or shoot them so why are some calling this RACIST, It is not racist to remove someone that does not belong here. Thank You very much Gov. Brewer

  8. marco on April 30th, 2010 11:38 pm

    sorry brother i’m a usa marine. bullets don’t speak english or spanish or chinese you rong you a emmigrant like me don’t get you visa get expired or you be deported we ar here to protect the innocent not racial comments.

  9. marco on April 30th, 2010 11:55 pm

    protect the border help border patrol in the line of fire don’t let criminals in, protect workers like workers stop does racist comments, we already have in off us citizen criminals from around this world make the math.

  10. Joseph Dion on May 1st, 2010 12:08 am

    Go Govener and the good people of AZ, The good Latinos that are American are behind you and so are millions of other Americans like myself. You and Sheriff Joe are great. A lot of people are planning Az vacations just to spite the lousy Liberals. Maybe we could send this Greagore lousy govener of Wa to deep Mexico. You should ask these liberals and their newspapers why people in Mexico, Central and South America all have 6 ft fences with razer wire and broken glass on top for their homes. Its not for beauty. If something is not done soon like you did they will be selling the fences to these liberals in Wa state because the people down south wont need the protection. Oregon and Wa will need the fences. The good latinos are waiting in lines trying to come here the right way. They are being cheated. I spent 5 yrs in the Drug war and met people that deserved to come to the US and not as felons. Good luck We will be back in Jan looking to purchase a Moble Home Park in Tucson.

  11. Mary on May 4th, 2010 10:27 am

    “When the bill takes effect sometime this summer, it will be a state crime to be in the state without carrying proof of residency papers. The bill has been derided, as a “Show me your papers” law.” OMG ….. Woe to the American Latinos….your skin is brown too. Do you really think that people will take the time to REALLY look to see if you are legal or not? American born citizens who happen to be Latino… out….you are the next “Jews” God HELP US ALL!!!!

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